NEW YORK–There seems to be no doubt that the historic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris will be rebuilt after a fire on April 15 ravaged the roof, it’s famed spire, the upper walls and much of the interior.
The question remains, however, whether the modern urge to recalibrate for the contemporary sensibility will prevent Notre Dame from rising from the ashes in its original Gothic grandeur, and as a true house of God.
What we have before us is a genuine test of the burgeoning traditional architecture moment, said religious conservatives and architectural experts hosted by TAC in a standing room-only gathering on Sept. 17. The event, which hosted in conjunction with TAC’s New Urbanism project and The Wethersfield Institute, took place at the historic Church of Saint Agnes in Manhattan, which also rebuilt after its own fire in the 1990’s.
Led by Executive Editor Lewis McCrary, the conversation was joined by TAC Senior Editor Rod Dreher; Duncan Stroik, Professor of Architecture at Notre Dame University, and Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review Online senior writer, and author of My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son’s Search for Home.
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