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Historic Buildings and Theaters

Preserve the past with accessibility for the future

Historic buildings and theaters provide unique renovation and accessibility challenges. Often limited by the kinds of construction and structural changes that can be made, making historic buildings conform to modern accessibility requirements can be a daunting task.

None of Ascension’s lifts require the building to be structurally altered to use. Available in both fixed and portable configurations, Ascension’s are ideal for historic buildings. Due to the unique design, no pit is required to accommodate the lift. Additionally, Ascension lifts do not use a lifting tower and are less obtrusive and help preserve the historic feel of your location.

This “light” touch on the building makes it easier to maintain the authenticity and ambience of your historic building which in turn delivers a better experience for your guests. 

Historic Building Exterior, perfect for an Ascension Wheelchair Lift
Ascension Wheelchair Lifts Being Built

Key Benefits:

No pit or excavation required
Low profile design helps preserve the buildings aesthetic
Heavy duty commercial grade construction
Portable and fixed lift options available
Peace of mind with industry best 10 year drive train warranty
Can be used in both indoor and outdoor locations
Made in the USA at our ISO 9001 and AS9100 facility

Ascension Lifts are used in these historic buildings:

Waldorf Astoria, NY
American Museum of Natural History, NY
Hotel de Coronado, CA
Don Cesar Hotel, FL
Bayview Opera House, CA
US Chamber of Commerce, DC
Georgetown University, DC
Ascension Wheelchair Lift in the Don Cesar Hotel, Florida


  • "We recently hosted a wheelchair-bound performer who gave us a “shout out” from the stage for being the only venue she's played in that has a wheelchair lift! Thank you for that."
    Will Gruen
  • "I couldn't ask for a better piece of equipment – everything is fine with the wheelchair lift and it is performing excellently in our Vert Auditorium. The wheelchair lift is everything that I expected, and the quality is excellent. We have currently had several ADA inspections of the theater facility and everybody always admires the fact that we have a fantastic ADA compliant stage lift."
    Glenn S. Graham
  • “We selected this particular lift for the Zellerbach Auditorium because of its compact size, enabling access without obstructing aisles or losing seating. The lift is silent, unobtrusive, easy to operate, and always reliable. We've never had a problem or needed service, and I would recommend it without hesitation."
    Tom Hansen

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