According to The Art Newspaper, French president Emmanuel Macron will be the sole official in charge of the rebuilding of Notre Dame. Macron, according to the report, will “directly and indirectly control all phases of an operation that would normally be the remit of the ministry of culture.”
In 2010, Andrew Tallon, an art professor at Vassar, took a laser scanner to Notre Dame and, with the assistance of Columbia’s Paul Blaer, began to painstakingly scan every piece of the structure, inside and out.
Sadly, Tallon died at only 49 on November 16, 2018, from brain cancer, but his scans are complete.
Strict new lead-protection measures for workers include disposable clothing and a new decontamination zone to ensure their activities don’t generate any pollution outside the site.
No it is not insured, but from 1905 it’s been French state owned. It is too valuable to insure. This and other matters discussed in the attached article.
Stones crumbled after temperatures reached a record 42.6 Celsius (108.7 Fahrenheit) in Paris in late July. The damage was “not serious” but the 12th-century cathedral remains at risk of further damage and possible collapse.
As workers prepare to remove the toxic lead in preparation for renovation work at the cathedral to resume on August 19th.
An article in the New York post thinks it has, primarily because of the lead, but it doesn’t mention that work will start again on the 19th of August. However the article makes some interesting points.
For instance, a long time after her death in 1431, Joan of Arc was beatified here by Pope Pius X in 1909.
French officials have said work at Notre Dame will restart on August 19th after the installation of new decontamination zones at the cathedral. Workers will also be subject to tougher protocols to avoid tracking lead in and out of the site.
Paris authorities ordered last month a deep clean and removal of hazardous substances at schools near Notre Dame which was seriously damaged in the April 15 blaze.