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the oak restoration project of the framework validated

The solid oak restoration project for the framework of the nave and the choir of Notre-Dame has been validated by the National Heritage and Architecture Commission (CNPA), announced in a press release the public institution in charge of the construction site. of Paris Cathedral.

“We will now be able to move resolutely towards the restoration work of the framework”, welcomed General Jean-Louis Georgelin, President of the Public Establishment.

The progress of the restoration studies carried out by the architects Philippe Villeneuve, Rémi Fromont and Pascal Prunet, “made it possible to present to the CNPA for examination the design envisaged for the restoration of the solid oak frame of the great roof of the cathedral”. The commission expressed last July the wish to study several variants, while respecting the original materials.

The CNPA has issued a favorable opinion “a drawing close to that of the missing frame, showing the formal qualities of the medieval frame and its historical depth, which testifies to the emergence of the art of the frame, classified as a World Heritage Site”, specifies the press release, released on the evening of March 25. However, this project “does not aim to produce a pure facsimile of the disappeared work”.

The detailed design studies will be able to begin, in order to prepare the calls for tenders necessary for the launch of the work on the framework. “I am delighted that this opinion of the National Heritage and Architecture Commission is in line with the approach we were defending”, commented the general.

From the first months after the fire in April 2019, the option of rebuilding the solid oak frame had become the preferred option.

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A thousand oaks from public or private forests have already been donated and felled, intended for the spire stool, as well as for the transept frames and adjacent spans.


Other oaks will be needed to redo the medieval framework of the nave and the choir. Trees have already been proposed by foreign donors and the Institut de France has announced that it is offering several oaks from its forest estates for the reconstruction of this frame.

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