University of Chicago Cobb Gate Restoration

University of Chicago Cobb Gate South View

Cobb Gate, built in 1897, is the symbolic main entrance to the University of Chicago and is used daily by hundreds of students, faculty, and campus visitors. LCM evaluated this route for accessibility compliance as part of a campus wide survey and found that the slope of the walkway at the gate far exceeded allowable limits. 

Functional interrelationships were studied and a coordinated design was developed. Revised geometry to achieve compliant slopes required that the walking surface within the gate to drop 15”. Entrances on the east and west side of the gate were redesigned, adding limestone stairs and metal railings carefully detailed to compliment this historic structure. The existing 100 year old iron gates were removed, reconditioned, and restored to working order for the first time in many years.

Photography by Hedrich Blessing Photographers

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