Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
I had originally planned a different post today but I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the devastating fire at the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris yesterday. Everyone was in shock that a structure that was built in the 12th-century that had survived the Revolution, World War II, and the elements could be struck down by fire.
It was a terrible tragedy most likely caused by the renovation work that was happening to the cathedral. Since I know that many of my readers are interior designers, architects, and builders, I implore you to have a talk or meeting with you employees and vendors about fire safety. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, was talking to the local news about how lucky they were that they didn’t have a fire during recent renovations of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He said they put many fire safety plans in place that were effective.
While I was watching Notre-Dame burn, I was hoping that a billionaire would step forward to pay for the renovations. I forgot that one of the richest men in the world is Bernard Arnault, the CEO of LVMH. The Arnault family has pledged 200 millions euros to support the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, a symbol of France and its heritage.
Windsor Castle had a terrible fire in 1992 when a fire started from a spotlight that was placed too close to draperies. They managed to rebuild all the burnt areas and I have no doubt that the people of France and the world will help rebuild Notre-Dame.
The French Heritage Society which “intervenes to ensure that the treasures of our shared French architectural and cultural heritage survive to inspire future generations” has already set up a Notre-Dame Fire Restoration Fund if you feel inclined to donate.
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise again.” – Victor Hugo