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The Building and Re-building of Notre Dame de Paris
November 21, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
A presentation and conversation with Richard Leson, UWM Associate Professor of Art History, and Larry Kuiper, UWM Associate Professor of French.
Following the devastating April 15 fire in Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, French President Emmanuel Macron boldly pledged to rebuild the monument within five years. The tragedy sparked renewed public interest in the history of this significant world landmark, and a spirited debate is now underway concerning the restoration design, the project’s ambitious pace, and how to reconcile the cathedral’s 800-year history with its more modern standing as global icon.
This is not the first such debate surrounding the restoration of Notre Dame de Paris, but this time, Architectural Historians possess an astonishingly accurate digital record of the building’s interior dimensions captured with laser scans prior to the fire. Should such data be employed to rebuild with traditional, medieval methods, or should architects use new materials and methods to reflect a more modern France
In short: Which Notre Dame Cathedral should be rebuilt, and how?
Join Larry Kuiper and Richard Leson in the American Geographical Society Library on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6 p.m. as they discuss the history and ever-changing cultural significance of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-229-6282.
Sponsored by the UWM Center for International Studies and the UWM Libraries’ American Geographical Society Library.