AIA Issues Statement on Notre-Dame de Paris

WASHINGTONApril 15, 2019 - The American Institute of Architects EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, issued the following statement today regarding the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris:

“The fire that ravaged Notre-Dame de Paris may have severely damaged an iconic building, but it could never diminish its impact or importance as a symbol of human achievement. The American Institute of Architects stands with France and the global community in mourning this blow to one of the world’s most architecturally significant religious monuments. This great Gothic cathedral, devastated during the French Revolution but restored to life in the 19th century, embodied medieval France’s significant leap upward, toward light and ineffable space, while serving as a vessel for their religious rites and passages. We share the sorrow of the French people as they come to terms with this loss and stand with them as they recover and look to rebuild one of the world’s architectural treasures. It can and must be rebuilt for future generations, reflecting their hopes and needs.”

Donations towards the rebuilding of Notre-Dame can be made to the French Heritage Society’s Notre-Dame Restoration Fund. Additionally, contributions to support future French and American historic preservationists can be made to The Richard Morris Hunt Prize.

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