Restoring a House for Every Body

“For his part, Mr. Harrison saw his house as a failure. But Bess Williamson, a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the author of the 2019 book “Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design,” said it may be the rare example of a place built for accessibility, before widespread laws requiring it, that has survived intact. “Even FDR’s house has been upgraded and altered,” she said, referring to Top Cottage, the retreat the former president built at Springwood, his estate in Hyde Park, N.Y. (He was paralyzed from the waist down after contracting polio at 39.) Ms. Williamson added, “Most early disability sites were ad hoc and have not been preserved.”

Read this interesting article about accessible and prefabricated housing in full at…

NASSMM Source: Restoring a House for Every Body – the National Association of Senior & Specialty Move Managers® blog

Mr. Harrison always focused on the human experience: How did people move through space; what were the steps involved in their daily tasks; and how could he design to streamline those tasks?

A living room with a bright orange sectional sofa and two low orange armchairs. Behind them are large windows with rounded corners.

Mr. Randall restored the sofas and reupholstered them in orange, an essential hue in the palette of the early 1970s. Credit…Tony Luong for The New York Times

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