High Noon – Historic/Forensic Engineering of Buildings in Northern Nevada

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February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Historic/Forensic Engineering of Buildings in Northern Nevada
Structural and Architectural Retrofit of the historic St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church, Virginia City, Nevada
February 15, 2024 – Noon

Virtual Program. Register: https://events.washoecountylibrary.us/event/11182466

Nevada Historical Society presents High Noon with Neal Cobb, a wonderful history series that delves into fascinating Nevada topics with local experts. Neal Cobb is a passionate historian and honorary curator for the Nevada Historical Society. He loves all things Nevada. Join Neal Cobb and our monthly speakers as we explore interesting topics and join in the audience conversations.

St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church

Mr. Ferrari provided 16 years of dedicated and distinguished service on the City of Reno Historic Resource Commission, advocating for preservation and adaptive reuse to preserve Reno’s historic resources.

Mr. Ferrari has been involved in historic preservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings throughout his distinguished career. He has an extensive resume of projects on which he has served as the structural engineer, contributing his expertise and passion to the renovation and preservation of notable historic buildings throughout the State of Nevada. Among those properties are St. Mary in the Mountain Catholic Church Retrofit, Piper’s Opera House, Fourth Ward School, all in in Virginia City. In Reno, the Washoe County Courthouse Strengthening and Riverside Hotel restoration are all standing tall because of Mr. Ferrari’s efforts.

The preceding examples of Mr. Ferrari’s historic restoration experience are just a portion of the over thirty historic projects that he has engineered. This experience in a historic structural renovation integrates a competent structural retrofit into the parameter of the historic fabric of the building. The result is a structurally sound building that reflects the historic architecture of the building, not the structural retrofit.

February Speaker: Paul Ferrari, P. E

Paul Ferrair

Paul A. Ferrari, P.E., is the founder and president of a structural engineering consulting firm in Reno, Nevada for over 37 years, and is continuing in practice. He has structurally stabilized/retrofitted over 30 historic structures and is currently chairman of the University of Nevada, Reno Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board.

Make sure to arrive early as we have limited seating available in our Event Space. Don’t forget, we provide free, temporary parking permits to make it easier to visit NHS!


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