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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:24 PM

Still under construcion, 116 years later, fire, St. John the Divine

I visited NYC in 2015 and went to St. John the Divine Cathedral. Beautiful. Restoration from the fire still goes on and stone masons are outside cutting stone to finish the Cathedral. Italian master cutters are training young NY'ers in the art of making statues etc. How long will it take to restore Notre Dame? Five years seems a short time as Macron promised to rebuild but, never underestimate the French people who built it in the first place.

Seven years after a raging fire destroyed its north transept and crippled its organ, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine was rededicated on Sunday morning in a service attended by religious leaders, political leaders and thousands of New Yorkers.

The reopening of the cathedralís entire 601-foot-long interior, and the repair of its 8,500-pipe Great Organ, followed more than five years of cleaning and restoration. The seat of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, the Gothic Revival cathedral remains unfinished 116 years after its foundation stone was laid in 1892 in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan.


https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/repaired-after-fire-cathedral-reopens/

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Reply Still under construcion, 116 years later, fire, St. John the Divine (Original post)
Miigwech Apr 16 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 16 #1
Blue_true Apr 16 #3
edhopper Apr 16 #2
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Response to Miigwech (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:51 PM

1. Also known as St. John the Unfinished.

They've been working on that thing forever. And then there's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, construction of which began in 1892 and is ongoing. These projects take awhile.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:42 PM

3. Grand structures don't spring up overnight, or in a few years. nt

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Response to Miigwech (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:10 PM

2. This is strictly due to funding

give them the billion Notre Dame will get and they will complete it in 5 years too.

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Response to Miigwech (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:38 PM

4. Knowing that they will have the funds that they need will make a big difference...

It will allow them to get commitments of time and person-power from the various professions and trades that they are going to need along the way. Otherwise, the work gets done piecemeal, as donations etc. are received.

I imagine that the upfront assessment of the structure is going to take some time. Then they have to determine what they want to do, after they figure out the 'fun' part i.e. who exactly will be making those decisions.

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