Wolf Trap Reopens

Issue 5 and Volume 138.

Wolf Trap Reopens FIRE PROTECTION As A Phoenix Rising From Ashes Photo by Clark O. Martin April 4, 1982, was cold, dark, and windy in Fairfax County, VA. But at Wolf Trap Farm Park the night was intensely bright and hot as fire swept through the huge Filene Center for the Performing Arts. The Center was gutted by the blaze. There was no detection or suppression system on the premises. Little thought had been given to fire protection in the construction of this “vertical lumberyard,” and this was not the first fire Wolf Trap had fueled. The building had previously suffered major damage from fires in March 1971 and March 1980. The rebuilding of Wolf Trap, or Filene Center II as it is now called, began quickly. Owned by the United States Department of Interior and operated by the National Park Service, the building was “self-insured,” which meant rebuilding costs…

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