Historic Downtown Dilemma (Available only in Structural Engineering special issue)

by Randall Noon, Executive Vice P.; Morrison Inst. of Technol., Morrison, IL,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 12, Pg. 2A-5A

Document Type: Feature article


Many older commercial masonry buildings built of locally quarried stone or fired brick in downtown areas suffer from roof leaks. Because a studwall cavity often is located between the interior side of the masonry wall and the interior finish of the building, the leakage can go unnoticed for years. The resulting water damage rots the wooden roof and floor joists and weakens the load-bearing walls. Proper repair and restoration may require more resources than are available.

Subject Headings: Business districts | Structural engineering | Engineering history

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