Historic Joy Kogawa House: Accessibility

Unfortunately, Historic Joy Kogawa House is not currently wheelchair accessible. The house was built in 1912, and our future renovation plans include making the house more accessible.

Here are some specifications for your consideration:

  • A low-slope ramp allows access to the front yard
  • There are 5 steps leading to the front door, each 121.5 cm in width and 8 cm in height
  • The front door and dining room entry is 85 cm wide
  • The bathroom entry is 70 cm wide, with 17 cm clearance on each side of the toilet
  • We have a range of chairs with arms and without arms
  • We welcome assistance animals

We are currently fundraising and undertaking accessibility planning to make the house universally accessible. Find out more about our full accessibility project here.

If you have any accessibility questions or concerns, please use the contact form to get in touch. We can discuss access options by whatever means that best suit you, including telephone, text message, email, or in person.

Accessibility Upgrades 2021

We added a handrail and tactile strips to improve the accessibility of the existing concrete steps from the front sidewalk.

Revisions to rise and run, including closed risers and wider treads were complete. Tactile nosing strips and handrail were added to improve the front door access.

Closed risers and wider treads were complete. Fresh paint and tactile nosing strips were applied to the back deck stairs. Existing handrail.

The retaining wall in front of the house has been removed and replaced with replica heritage stone pillars, allowing low-slope access to the front lawn where we host many events.