City of Oakland
Accessibility and Restoration
In the 1920s crowds of 5,000 would assemble each weekend to hear the Oakland Band.perform at this high-profile historic bandstand. It was designed by Walter Reed and William Corbett. built in 1923, and has been home to the Oakland Band and numerous other public events since.
A previous accessibility retrofit employed a wheelchair lift, which stopped functioning when water leaked into the mechanism underground. This was a major issue for people renting the stage for weddings and other ceremonies.
We sought a permanent accessibility solution which would not detract from the bandstand's overall aesthetic and eightfold symmetry. Our design provides a new wheelchair ramp that leads around the back of the bandstand and up to the stage.
We also replaced the sections of limestone and metal railing that had been cut to accommodate the defunct lift, and also restored and protected the historic limestone, which had rust stains and spalling. A new, clear, anti-graffiti treatment will protect the new and historic surfaces from future damage.