FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: The Curtain Goes Up...and the Building Stays Up: Seismic Retrofit Protects Historic Theater   [open pdf - 267KB]

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. "The FEMA Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long-term solution to reducing that risk." This Best Practice Story is about earthquake mitigation efforts in Charleston, South Carolina. "Nestled in the middle of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, sits a little piece of history. The Dock Street Theatre originally opened in 1736, and was the first building constructed in the 13 colonies with the express purpose of serving as a venue for the performing arts. After numerous reconstructions and different uses over the years, the current theater facility underwent a major retrofit in 2010 that offers significant protection from both seismic and high wind damages."

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