In 1960, Beverly Willis designed a home for the Robertson family in Napa Valley, CA. The Robertsons needed a disability accessible home, and requested a ranch style layout. Willis utilized an open floor plan, making it easier for someone in a wheelchair to move about. She designed a high, peaked ceiling and a large fireplace, so that the home would feel open and inviting. Unfortunately things like handicapped accessible bathrooms were not being manufactured at this time, so Willis did the best she could with the situation. She lowered light switches and door latches to put them within reach of someone in a wheelchair.
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