The Guardian

Notre Dame restoration: how to save an iconic building from fire

Help offered to the cathedral’s repairers amid hopes the Parisian landmark can be restored
Firefighters battle the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Photograph: Handout/BSPP via Getty Images

John David, the master stonemason at York Minster, remembers the night of 9 July 1984 well. At about 2am, a lightning bolt hit the cathedral’s south transept and started a fire that raged through the building, collapsing the roof and causing millions of pounds’ worth of damage.

“I remember some people coming to the building in tears,” he said. “I didn’t have that emotion. I was just thinking ‘let’s get it all cleared out and get it rebuilt’. There

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Guardian

The Guardian4 min readSociety
'Everyone Gets Paid': Mexico’s Migration Networks Are Thriving Despite Crackdown
President López Obrador says new immigration plan is working, but huge numbers of people still travel north – aided by smugglers’ bribes
The Guardian4 min read
The Prodigy, The Dictator’s Daughter, The Author: Spain’s Lost Feminists Find A Voice
An online film project aims to bring the thoughts of Spanish and Latin American female visionaries to a new generation
The Guardian5 min read
'I'll Take The Blow For Them': The Volunteers Protecting Hong Kong Protesters
Informal group including social workers, pastors, lawyers and medics have banded together to support demonstrators