Notre Dame Cathedral fire.
Many thanks for what seems likely to be the only response to this thread. At least there are the two of us who are interested. I just wish I had a few more photos to add but back then photography was a different matter. Just a few exposures on a roll and all the faffing about getting them developed afterwards. We always wished that we'd gone to Notre Dame more than once but we generally went to southern France - nicer weather and nicer people. Seems like the damage is not as bad as had been feared but I doubt that restoration will be finished within 20 - 30 years and it will be only partial at that.
Take care love. sleep well!
I think the event is seen as a tragedy world wide. Much coverage in North America where there are few if any buildings of such age and grandeur (coverage putting Trump into second place) One wonders if some of the estimates for the rebuilding can be met. I suppose it is assumed that the masonry has not been weakened in any way. It seems the cathedral received many more visitors than the Eiffel Tower. Many "experts" have commented on the dangers of such buildings to fire (large open spaces, old and super dry timber, no fire stops and sprinklers etc), one hopes that a rebuild will incorporate some mitigating technology.
Sorry for the delay in replying - I like your post - short but to the point. We agree it seems on the problems of old timber being dry and now there's more information on just how much was involved. Macron has come out with a stupid estimate in my opinion in that he will make sure it is restored within five years. It will take a couple at least to decide what materials they will use, who might be involved in actually doing the work which will need a massive labour force, study of the possibly hidden damage so far to be found - I doubt that at my age I will see it even half completed. It may even take five years to study all the quotes and there is no point in rushing it. I feel the decision in part will be political as to who gets the work and the French will not want it to go outside except for the supply of materials. What are your thoughts along those lines?
Esmerelda.. "Did you turn the Chip pan off" ? Quasimodo "No I Thought you had"
My apologies too re tardy replying, Easter trip to Toronto got in the way!
I , just this morning, donated to our local library book sales a copy of "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett the tale of building a Gothic Cathedral. It runs to 900 odd pages, much less that I suspect the paper work to commence the re building of Notre Dame. Preparing the blueprints (showing my age here!) of CAD whatever , clearing the site, finding suitable contractors etc will be a Herculian task. Won't even put in on my , steadily decreasing, bucket list.
I am surprised that there is so little interest in this thread when you take into account that there are so many theories flying about at the moment. I have seen so many - film of someone splashing an accelerant about just before the fire started, strange people on site, even a claim that it was an insurance job! Can you believe that one? There has also been a post on Facebook to the effect that France doesn't have trees big enough these days to replace the roof timbers! I gave up on that one. However, it will all come out in the wash and your mention of blueprints reminds me of when I went for a job interview around 1962 the MD interviewing me queried the use of the word 'blueprints' in one of my references. All I could do was to say that I hadn't written it. I got the job anyway.
! Cheers, Syd.
Cheers everybody, Terry.