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Re: OT: Devastating News -- Notre Dame Fire [Re: JohnSprung] #2839725 04/15/19 11:20 PM
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Truly shocking to see the blaze destroying such a beautiful cathedral .I was just reading last week about the power struggle in the 11th century between Italy and France for the direction the Catholic Church would take. The whole world will feel the loss of such a special building in such a romantic city .

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Re: OT: Devastating News -- Notre Dame Fire [Re: JohnSprung] #2839743 04/16/19 02:56 AM
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It seems that the three large rose windows which are special treasures have been saved. And it seems that most of the stone structure, including the vault, has been saved. We have to hope for the organ.

It seems that much of the wooden roof structure was mediaeval and is a great loss. But also, much of the wooden structure, including the spire, dated from the nineteenth century restoration.

So amid the tragedy there is cause to be thankful.

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Originally Posted by David-G
It seems that the three large rose windows which are special treasures have been saved. And it seems that most of the stone structure, including the vault, has been saved. We have to hope for the organ.

It seems that much of the wooden roof structure was mediaeval and is a great loss. But also, much of the wooden structure, including the spire, dated from the nineteenth century restoration.

So amid the tragedy there is cause to be thankful.

Our local organ builder commented that "... the heat and water damage would be the worst thing for the organ ..." and smoke. The majority of the pipes are lead/tin.


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Re: OT: Devastating News -- Notre Dame Fire [Re: JohnSprung] #2839781 04/16/19 06:38 AM
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I hear that the organ has been saved (post by Pianist magazine).


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Re: OT: Devastating News -- Notre Dame Fire [Re: JohnSprung] #2839786 04/16/19 07:13 AM
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All of this is good news (rose windows, organ, relics, stone structures, etc)! In the darkest days yesterday, it seemed like it would be much worse.


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Re: OT: Devastating News -- Notre Dame Fire [Re: JohnSprung] #2839834 04/16/19 09:57 AM
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It is indeed confirmed that the grand organ suffered only very minor damage and has been saved.

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Originally Posted by Bosendorff
It is indeed confirmed that the grand organ suffered only very minor damage and has been saved.

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Wonderful. I knew that the console was located at the front of the church near the bell towers, so there was a possibility it might be saved. Not so sure, however, about the pipes.


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Re: OT: Devastating News -- Notre Dame Fire [Re: JohnSprung] #2839874 04/16/19 11:49 AM
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According to one of the organists at Notre Dame, it hasn't been damaged by fire or water, but it is covered in soot, and needs to be dismantled and cleaned.

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Re: OT: Devastating News -- Notre Dame Fire [Re: JohnSprung] #2839893 04/16/19 12:35 PM
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Notre Dame de Paris is such a remarkable testament to faith, to human ingenuity, to craft, to art, to history and to culture that no human with a heart will fail to grieve over the partial destruction of such an iconic edifice.

Already, funds are being promised for the reconstruction project which could take years, even decades, to complete. In those efforts to reconstruct, one can only hope that the same inspiration that motivated the original architects, the artisans, the labourers, Victor Hugo, Viollet-le-Duc and others will prevail whatever the cost and effort.

In the meantime, while we must hope, one can only grieve with the French and the rest of the world over this tragic event.

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Re: OT: Devastating News -- Notre Dame Fire [Re: JohnSprung] #2840046 04/17/19 03:20 AM
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Yes, great news. One blog which I subscribe to posted this YouTube - a track from a CD thought to be he last recording made on the Cavaille Coll (the major 1800s upgrade by them) Organ in Notre Dame.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_...zbChiVj1WXL52bv5CCD7XfEHrB4ZKSlH976p4Ol4


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Re: OT: Devastating News -- Notre Dame Fire [Re: JohnSprung] #2840101 04/17/19 07:54 AM
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I hope the restoration doesn't take a century to complete.

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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
I hope the restoration doesn't take a century to complete.

Macron is setting a five year goal, however professional architects have already spoken out that is is unrealistic and the rebuilding could actually take decades.


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Re: OT: Devastating News -- Notre Dame Fire [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2840109 04/17/19 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by MacMacMac
I hope the restoration doesn't take a century to complete.

Macron is setting a five year goal, however professional architects have already spoken out that is is unrealistic and the rebuilding could actually take decades.

I have read the same thing. It will probably take a long time.


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While a project like this restoration can be quite successful, one thing that is always impossible even after it's done, is to point to one moment in time or one task completed and say that that's the moment that all the work was over. What will happen is that a time will come when we look back and notice that not much more work is needed because of the fire damage.

Macron says five years, someone else even said three. While that won't be enough to really finish the job, it may be possible to partially re-open to the public in that time, much as the cathedral was open during the work that appears to have started the fire. There are other cathedrals that are open and in use with lots of temporary structural remediation visible. That may be Notre Dame's future for a few decades.


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Re: OT: Devastating News -- Notre Dame Fire [Re: JohnSprung] #2840173 04/17/19 10:11 AM
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When I saw Notre Dame burning ,I was thinking that everything would be lost paintings, statues, organs, stainded glasses,( and even the vaults ) all of our heritage and history ...

But as you mentioned above, most of the cathedral will be able to be restored.
The structure itself didn’t suffer too much.
The point is, of course, the definitive loss of the wooden framework made of oak
Coming from the middle age.
Something astonishing : the cock fitted on the top of the arrow that burned and collapsed has even been retrieved !

I hope ( and I’m sure ) thatt within 5 to 10 years, everything will be a bad souvenir.
like the cathedral of Reims that burned during the First World War or the cathedral of Chartres with its metallic framework. ( rebuilt after a fire in the middle of 19 th century ), a lot of important edifices suffered or were partially destroyed from bombing raids during the Second World War and now only minor “scares” testify of this past.
Thanks to donations, good organization and good wills the cathedral will retrieve its magnificence.

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Originally Posted by rolex67
The point is, of course, the definitive loss of the wooden framework made of oak
Coming from the middle age.
Something astonishing : the cock fitted on the top of the arrow that burned and collapsed has even been retrieved !

like the cathedral of Reims that burned during the First World War or the cathedral of Chartres with its metallic framework. ( rebuilt after a fire in the middle of 19 th century ), a lot of important edifices suffered or were partially destroyed from bombing raids during the Second World War and now only minor “scares” testify of this past.

I can almost guarantee that some of the burned items will be memorialized in glass cases in the rebuilt cathedral, including some of the 400 year old burnt oak timbers.

Originally Posted by rolex67
Thanks to donations, good organization and good wills the cathedral will retrieve its magnificence.

The donations/pledges have reached a billion euros!


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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by MacMacMac
I hope the restoration doesn't take a century to complete.

Macron is setting a five year goal, however professional architects have already spoken out that is is unrealistic and the rebuilding could actually take decades.

I would think that the first order of business (aside from general clean up) would be to ensure that the remaining structure is STABLE, and that the damaged roof is covered so that the interior of the cathedral will be protected from the elements. I would also assume that the damaged scaffolding related to the renovation would need to be carefully dismantled and replaced.


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One interesting aesthetic and historic observation:

The "forest" - that structure of oak beams above the vault and below the roof, that structure that supported the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral - was made from (hundreds?) of individual oak trees. There is no forest extant in France that has oaks of the size that were used to build the "forest." That means that the cathedral can not be restored to replicate its original condition and appearance which, from the standpoint of construction, may not be a bad move.

There is talk that non-flammable modern elements should be used in the reconstruction resulting in a changed appearance of the cathedral. This would have historical impact, but one that is not without precedent. When other significant, historical structures have been damaged, repair has often used techniques that were more modern than those used to construct the original.

A classic example of this in medieval architecture is Chartres Cathedral. The south spire of Chartres Cathedral was completed around 1160, and the cathedral was consecrated in 1260. The north spire that we see now, in a totally different style was completed in the early 16th century. It was rebuilt because the original north spire was destroyed by lightning in 1506. Not only aesthetics but also construction techniques had changed, and at Chartres we now see a cathedral that no longer resembles the original.

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The same aesthetic fate may befall Notre Dame de Paris.

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A better view of the two towers of Chartres Cathedral, which I took in 2014:

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Originally Posted by BruceD
The "forest" - that structure of oak beams above the vault and below the roof, that structure that supported the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral - was made from (hundreds?) of individual oak trees.

1300. Each beam was made from a separate tree.

Originally Posted by BruceD
There is no forest extant in France that has oaks of the size that were used to build the "forest." That means that the cathedral can not be restored to replicate its original condition and appearance which, from the standpoint of construction, may not be a bad move.

That may be, but there are old growth oak forests in the Russian Far East (Mongolian Oak). Wonder if this tragedy can transcend politics enough to be able to solved that way.


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