Seismic Isolation of 200 Year Old Heritage Cathedrals In Haiti
Historic and heritage building present a unique class of structures. These buildings form a cultural pillar of the communities and thus require preservation. However, given their vintage, they have sustained severe damage and collapse in recent earthquakes, including in Italy (2009), Haiti (2010) and New Zealand (2011). The main vertical and lateral load bearing members for these buildings is typically comprised of unreinforced stone masonry (URSM) walls.