Six Months Later, Still Some Serious Signs of Earthquake Damage

Last week we learned that the National Cathedral still needs $18 million worth of restoration work to deal with damage from the earthquake that hit August 23, 2011. Walking around town, I’ve realized there are a lot of smaller buildings that need help too. In particular, I’m sorta terrified of the damage at the funeral home on the corner of Randolph and Georgia Ave, NW. It looks like the whole thing up top could come crashing down.

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  • At the armed forces retirement home there is a building called the Scott building that was finished in 1890. I saw three months ago the tower looked like it was being held together by ratchet straps.

  • How does DCRA continue to allow this place to be open with such clear signs of structural damage. If this was anyplace else in DC but Petworth the building would have been condemned and/or closed until the repairs have been made.

    • hmm, I just went to the DCRA inspection page and couldn’t figure out how to request an inspection of this–it’s not construction, a vacant building, my own apartment, etc. But if someone with twitter tweets it @DCRA, I bet someone will go check it out. I agree that it looks dangerous and that the owners should probably be stabilizing it somehow.

      • Drop them a note telling them to fix it, don’t report it to DCRA or you’ll just end up getting them cited for fines that won’t help the building to get fixed… Have some mercy on small business owners man… Reporting them is not a cool move.

  • The earthquake prompted us to go ahead with some anticipated repointing and floor leveling in the bay of our row house. Ultimately they ended up tearing down and rebuilding our bay, from about 7 feet off the ground all the way to the roofline. Most of out problems were there before the earthquake, but I can’t help thinking how much of the local masonry is in the same condition as ours was.

    I noticed this funeral home while we were still living behind plywood, and I felt some sympathy for them. If this were just a hole in a normal brick wall, it would be comparatively easy for masons to fix. But the exposed brick looks … not great. If the earthquake did this, then it means it wasn’t really a brick wall at the time. More like a well-organized brick pile. Still, I can’t figure out why they haven’t put a tarp on this.

    • Who did you use for your work? Assuming your house was already painted, did you have the same company repaint when they were done w/ the masonry?

      • For the masonry we used Edgar Raymundo, of Edgar’s Masonry. We got the recommendation here, and we would definitely recommend them to others. Our house was painted, but we haven’t repainted yet; after a job like that you have to wait about three months. I don’t think Edgar does that kind of work. My understanding, though, is that it isn’t cheap. Anyway, we we’re looking for a good painter as well.

        • Interesting. I didn’t realize painting had to wait. I had Edgar come out for a quote a few months ago and he didn’t mention that. He used to also paint the houses that he repaired, but doesn’t anymore (he’s busy enough w/ the masonry side of the biz). I’ll be sure to bring that up with him. Good info — thanks.

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