Rebuilding Notre-Dame
It Ought to Be Gothick

The controversy over restoring Notre-Dame reflects a fallacy of the modern age: the idea that an old building becomes “inauthentic” if it is seamlessly restored.

Appeared in: Volume 15, Number 1 | Published on: July 26, 2019
Witold Rybczynski is emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. His latest book—his twentieth—is Charleston Fancy: Little Houses and Big Dreams in the Holy City.
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