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Preserving the Statue of Liberty: New Design for Safety and Accessibility in the 21st Century       Resource ID: 427

Category: Events and Activities
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

Presented by Architect Michael J. Mills, AIA

"The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States in 1886, and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. Constructed on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty is a National Monument and a World Heritage Site, visited by more than three million people a year.

In this new security conscious age, safety and accessibility at the iconic Statue of Liberty are two important concerns for the National Park Service. In 2009, Princeton Architecture firm Mills + Schnoering Architects was engaged to bring the egress and life safety systems at the Statue into compliance with current building codes, and to improve access for visitors with disabilities. Partner-in-charge Michael Mills, FAIA, will present an illustrated lecture describing the design challenges of threading in new stairways and elevator while respecting the original copper structure and historic steel girders designed by Gustave Eiffel. Featured in the presentation will be historic images, graphics from the three-dimensional modeling design process, construction process images, and final architectural photography.

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Trenton, NJ 08611


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