In 2014, 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 contracted ATI Architects and Engineers to perform. The review assessed the damage and recommended repairs from not only an architectural and structural standpoint but from a historic preservation perspective as well.