Slowe Hall has a figure-eight plan with two courtyards and nine different elevations on the first floor, which posed a significant design challenge. Built before accessibility requirements, the use of cumbersome mechanical lifts was necessary. The restoration improved access by replacing five of the six lifts with ramps and infill. The entry had numerous elevation changes and an enclosed stair tower blocked the view to the courtyards, an asset the team wanted to highlight. We embraced the opaque mass of stairwell by building onto it to create a larger gesture within the space.