In 2019 Notre-Dame de Paris burned. In 2021 Handshouse Studio led a team of experts and students in Washington, DC to reconstruct one of the trusses that once supported the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris.
Handshouse has reconstructed Truss #6, one of the oldest trusses that once stood above the choir of Notre-Dame de Paris. The Handshouse Notre Dame truss reconstruction was made using the official drawings created by the French lead architects Rémi Fromont and Cédric Trentesaux, and followed French protocol passed down from the Middle Ages for timber harvesting, fabricating, assembly, tools, and raising techniques.
This conversation will feature Lindsay S. Cook, assistant professor of art history at Ball State University; Tonya Ohnstad, assistant professor of architecture and planning, Catholic University of America; traditional carpenter Gerald David; and Rick Brown of Handshouse Studio.