Rehabbing Historic Buildings

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 10, Pg. 56-59

Document Type: Feature article


Historic buildings often require structural upgrading before the cosmetics of restoration can be applied. Two case studies are presented here. The Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle required structural upgrading to meet seismic standards, largely accomplished by adding steel to masonry walls. The First & Franklin street Presbyterian church in Baltimore required reinforcement of elaborate wood trusses, and two new steel trusses were threaded above the ornate plaster ceiling.

Subject Headings: Rehabilitation | Historic buildings | Case studies | Steel structures | Trusses | Historic preservation | Seasonal variations | Commercial buildings | United States | Seattle | Washington | Baltimore | Maryland

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