Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Real Impact of Our New Elevator

A Testimonial Written by Ginger Lane, Arts & Culture Project Coordinator at Access Living

How thrilling it was to see the historic and venerable Auditorium Theatre from every level and audience perspective for the first time! And a double treat, as I was there for the opening night of American Ballet Theatre’s performance of Giselle, another historic and venerable lady. The new elevator allowed me to see things I haven’t seen in 25 years, like the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright designed seating area on the 2nd floor, mosaics, and different sight lines. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be the first wheelchair user in the building’s 123- year history to see the stage from every angle and to christen all 6 floors of the theatre with wheelchair access!

That the elevator was built without disturbing the landmark status of this magnificent and acoustically perfect gem, demonstrates the creative possibilities of both the architects and the Auditorium’s governing body, and enhances Chicago’s reputation for being a world class city of architecture.

This installation is further proof of the Auditorium’s commitment to making the facility fully accessible and enjoyable for people with disabilities.

1 comment:

The William Ferris Chorale said...

How gratifying it is to read this blog and know that the thousands of small donations (along with others) have done their part in giving "A lift to the Auditorium" and making the entire theatre accessible to all.

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