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A step up: Stairs get an update

April 15, 2013

For many years, visitors to Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences literally watched their step entering the building due to rough and uneven stairs. 

No longer. 

This spring, the stairs from the 1974 entrance addition were replaced. Over the years, the native limestone around the door and the plinths had eroded. The front steps had been patched with concrete that routinely peeled off.
 
With the 2013 renovation, the lower limestone panels of the building were removed and replaced with granite. The plinths bookending the steps had the exterior limestone removed before the stone masons added brick to the base and capped them with granite. The exterior steps and landing are now granite. In the vestibule, the treads were replaced with granite. New stair railings were cast and installed.
 
The work on the entrance is shown through photographs on Facebook.

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