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HelloThis is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide you information in this regard.I suggest that if you work with the Historic Register and get the building on the Historic rosters, it may be possible to forego the ADA requirements that when renovations are being done, there needs to be handicap access.The regulations require that architectural and communication barriers that are structural must be removed in public areas of existing facilities when their removal is readily achievable—in other words, easily accomplished and able to be carried out without much difficulty or expense
So yes, it is possible the ADA would require an elevator for handicapped patrons. If you can get the Historical register to work with you, it might be able to be avoided. If not, you might be able to get a contribution from the Historical Society in your area to help since you will be restoring the building for use.