WIT Press


St. Monica's Church Earthquake Damage Repair

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR990251

Volume

42

Pages

10

Published

1999

Size

1,422 kb

Author(s)

C.L. Searls, J. D. Lesak & N. Youssef

Abstract

St. Monica's Church, a reinforced concrete frame, masonry infill structure dating from 1925, was severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The limestone cladding cracked and displaced, and parts of some walls collapsed. We evaluated the structure and facade, and designed repairs and seismic strengthening. The repairs included adding structural elements and rebuilding the stone cladding. The church reopened approximately 15 months after the earthquake. 1 Introduction St. Monica's parish was formally established in June, 1887 in the town of Santa Monica, near Los Angeles, Cal

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