A barrier-free renovation of a monument and the associated expansion with an elevator tower with an escape staircase inevitably disrupt the historical ensemble. So how do you make a banal technical structure disappear in a historically significant place? The new structural elements of the elevator tower and escape stairs were combined to form a three-dimensional structure and adapted to the existing structure with a traditional roof and colour matching. Lasered coats of arms made of sheet steel on the facade of the elevator tower now explain the history of the monument and refer to the Westphalian estates that used to meet here. Inside, the house was renovated in terms of monument preservation and rebuilt for the city administration. In the process, the narrow existing floor plan was dissolved, a former safe and its cash desk were almost restored to their original state and the open area made available for the required group offices.