Notre Dame Cathedral is Burning

Notre Dame burning

We are unbelievably saddened by the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019. With so many emotions and questions about the tragedy in Paris, France we wanted to express our support for the Parisians and the millions of people around the world who love this building as we do.

A grave loss like this really brings home the importance of documenting our historic treasures. Not only to record their condition through the years, but for the unimaginable task of having to rebuild and restore a damaged building. We will be keeping an eye on this situation and we are certain to discuss the developments in future podcasts.

If you are viewing these notes in your favorite podcast app, please visit our show notes page for Episode 83 to see photos and additional links.

Notre Dame burning

Image by Francois Guillot | AFP | Getty Images

In this Episode:

  • Shock and sadness of the devastating fire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
  • Interview with David Sheppe about the restoration efforts at Saint Germain des Pres Church in Paris, Episode 81: Saving the Oldest Church in Paris
  • How does a stone building burn?
  • The treasures lost to the fire and extensive water damage
  • Safety concerns and probably additional building damage during recovery
  • Cataloging the remains and the importance of complete and accurate records of the building and artifacts



VP, Architect, hpd architecture + interiors
Laura Davis is a Texas and Colorado registered architect and interior designer, and a co-founder of hpd architecture + interiors. With a diverse portfolio spanning residential, commercial, retail, and historical projects, Laura’s heart lies with her specialty in Historic Preservation. She loves to revitalize older properties, cherishing their character and the stories they hold. Her true passion lies in understanding her clients deeply, uncovering their desires and motivations, and crafting designs that turn houses into cherished homes.

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Laura Davis is a registered architect and interior designer in the state of Texas and Colorado, and a founding member of hpd architecture + interiors. Laura's extensive experience includes residential as well as commercial and retail projects.  She also has a particular interest in restoration, holding a certificate in Historic Preservation. She is energized by the character of older homes and the stories of those who have lived there. Responding to the needs of the current owner, while also honoring the personality of the original home is a delicate process to be enjoyed.

Laura Davis

Vice President, Architect, Interior Designer Principal , hpd architecture + interiors