Interior Designers React to the Devastating News of the Notre Dame Fire

Hadley Keller
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From House Beautiful

On Monday afternoon, the world watched in horror as one of history's most iconic buildings caught fire. Notre Dame, the 800-year-old Gothic cathedral on Paris's Île de la Cité, burned for nearly 8 hours, while the city's police department worked to tamp the flames. Despite sustaining catastrophic damages-the structure's roof caved in after its spire tumbled-French president Emmanuel Macron vowed that the country would rebuild its grand dame.

Having existed for more than 8 centuries, the cathedral has seen its fair share of damage and change. Variations in style led to numerous alterations between the 16th and 18th centuries, and by the early 19th century it had fallen into disrepair; Napoleon Bonaparte spearheaded a restoration effort, which lasted 25 years. The structure sustained even more damage during World War II. Throughout history, it has survived, a monument not only to the Catholic faith, but to history, art, and architecture. It should come as little surprise, then, that Notre Dame is beloved by many in the design world; today, several of the world's top designers and architects paid tribute to the structure.


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