Local architects comment on the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral

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The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris housed priceless artifacts as well as cherished memories for visitors and travelers from all over the world. Now, French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild. 

Ravaged by a massive fire that completely destroyed it’s roof and toppled its iconic steeple, the Notre Dame Cathedral will likely not reopen to the public for three years.

Architect Jeff Kidder says, “well, you can look at how the world reacted; people that haven’t even been there are silenced because of it.”

Though much of its roof is collapsed and interior decimated, the charred walls of the Notre Dame Cathedral remain standing.

Architect Michael Grab says, “there could be a strong argument to use some kind of steel frame… to set that roof system in place; less combustible materials.”

Fortunately, with just the roof gone, it’s definitely possible for that to be rebuilt.

The magnitude of this type of project is huge and will take time; after all, the cathedral originally took almost 200 years to build.

Kidder says, “I would hope that there was purposeful documentation for the building as a record that will be used in the reconstruction. “

For an architect, it’s important to see what can be saved and then cosmetically replicate the original piece.

An average of 30,000 people a day visit the cathedral.  The cathedral’s roof was built using a lattice of giant beams cut from trees in primeval forests and in the 12th and 13th centuries.

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