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APTNE - Disaster Mitigation at the Barnum Museum

  • 08 Nov 2013
  • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • 820 Main Street, Bridgeport CT
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Disaster Mitigation

at the

  Barnum Museum

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Friday, November 8, 2013

12:30 - 3:00 pm

Built in 1893, the Barnum Museum is dedicated to P.T. Barnum and Bridgeport's industrial heritage. Join APTNE for a history tour of the Museum followed by a hard hat tour to learn of the July 2011 tornado recovery efforts. The Museum is currently closed to the public. Therefore, this is a rare behind-the-scenes opportunity to learn of the damage sustained to the building and collections. The tour will highlight conservation and recovery efforts. This unique tour has limited spaces available. 

On June 24, 2010, the Barnum Museum, a National Registered historic site, was struck by an F1 tornado. The force of the wind caused the massive timber dome to shift, east wall failure, and left the Museum's HVAC system inoperable. Since the tornado, the Museum has faced numerous record snow storms, 2 major hurricanes, and even shook from the Washington D.C. earthquake. With undaunted determination, the Museum continues to persevere. 

Barnum Museum Executive Director, Kathleen Maher welcomes APTNE to experience this extraordinary story first hand.  The tour will be joined by the Museum's Restoration Architect, Elizabeth Moss, Swanky Haden Connell Architect, and structural engineer, James Norden,P.E. of GNCB Consulting Engineers, PC, and Thomas Newbold, PE, CEM, CPMP, LEED AP of Landmark Facilities Group, Inc. The program will invite guests to a behind-the-scenes tour of a major historic restoration recovery, and explain the complexities, challenges, struggles and triumphs of a significant historic landmark revitalization.


Details and Logistics
  • Tour is open to members and free of cost; if you are not already a member, please consider becoming one to join us on this special tour.
  • Tour capacity is limited; please register early.
  • The tour will include a visit to the attic and dome. Please bring hard hats if you have them; the Museum will have additional hats for use.
  • This event will be followed by an APTNE social hour at Ralph & Rich's located across the street from the Museum.
  • Metered street parking is available.  The Museum also hopes to have some parking spaced reserved in a gated parking lot across the street from the Museum. Parking information will be updated closer to the event.   
  • The Museum is located near the Amtrak and Metro North Train Station. From the Station, cross Water Street, walk two blocks to Main Street, turn left on Main. The Museum is two blocks on the left. 
  • Cameras allowed.  
  • CEU/AIA credits will be offered for the event.    


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