On August 24, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area Napa region causing widespread damage to homes and businesses. It was the strongest earthquake to hit California in more than 25 years. Of the many buildings that sustained damage, one was the United States Postal Services Franklin Station which was constructed in 1933 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
The building is unreinforced masonry and was heavily damaged by the quake and remains ‘red tagged’ and unoccupied pending a structural and architectural assessment which USPS has contracted with ATI Architects and Engineers to perform.
The review will assess the damage and recommended repairs from not only an architectural and structural standpoint but from a historic preservation perspective as well.
The building was designed by Architect William H. Corlett and was one of many art deco styled buildings built with depression era federal arts funding through the public works administration.