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Notre Dame: Restoring an icon

When:
Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Elizabeth Haile
Category:
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The devastating fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in April
2019 destroyed beloved parts of that iconic structure, including the timber
roof framework and crossing spire. But other crucial elements—notably the
13th-century stone vaults and flying- buttress support system—survived
miraculously intact.

Restoration is proving to be a long and complicated – and
contentious – process as French officials, preservation specialists,
structural engineers, and art and architectural historians decide how to
rebuild. Should the destroyed “forest” of timbers from the roof be recreated
in wood, or are modern materials a better choice? Should the lead roof
covering, which in the aftermath of the fire blanketed neighborhood streets
with toxic residue, be restored or replaced? How much of architect Viollet-
le-Duc’s 19 th century reconstruction of the cathedral’s sculpture and
architecture should be restored; or should it be re-evaluated?
The ongoing reconstruction of Notre Dame is posing hard questions
of historic preservation and revealing strong opinions about what
constitutes a proper reconstruction of this iconic cathedral.

Join art historian Judy Scott Feldman, PhD, for this talk open to friends and neighbors. RSVP for the Zoom link.