On the Coast of Massachusetts, a Prefab Ranch Is Totally Overhauled for a Wheelchair User

A home on Cape Ann’s rocky shore becomes a refuge that offers resilience in the face of an unpredictable future.

As an architecture student at Yale, William Ruhl was instructed to spend a day in a wheelchair, navigating such campus landmarks as Paul Rudolph’s Brutalist Art and Architecture Building, which he remembers as an "inaccessible masterpiece." His understanding of how those with mobility challenges negotiate the built environment only deepened when he cofounded Boston-based Ruhl Walker Architects and began grappling with his clients’ aging-in-place concerns.

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Kelly Vencill Sanchez
Contributing Editor
Kelly Vencill Sanchez is Dwell's Los Angeles-based contributing editor. She's also written about design and architecture for Architectural Digest, Coastal Living and Luxe.


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