At least one historic building in downtown Culpeper is being demolished after it suffered extensive structural damage in Tuesday’s earthquake.
Inspections confirmed that the two-story Levy Building built around 1858 can’t be saved. The landmark has housed a number of businesses and was once home to one of Culpeper’s first Masonic lodges.
Bob Orr, who heads Culpeper County’s building department, told The Free Lance-Star (http://bit.ly/qMuZrn) that officials want the unstable brick structure down before winds and rain from Hurricane Irene threaten the area. Engineers are still unsure whether an adjoining building that was a turn-of-the-century saloon needs to be torn down.
Officials said damage to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, which dates to 1821, is repairable. A damaged chimney at the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, built in 1908, was removed Wednesday.