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We at Maine Preservation are deeply sorrowful about the major fire damage suffered yesterday by one of the world’s great buildings, the Paris Cathedral of Notre Dame. Although we typically restrict our activities to the buildings of our great state, we believe that this calamity is a fitting exception. French writer Victor Hugo called Notre Dame: “A vast symphony in stone,” and noted: “Human intelligence is there summed up and totalized.” Begun in 1163, this early expression of Gothic architecture ushered in a new approach to church architecture that lasts to this day, some 850 years later.

On behalf of Maine citizens, Maine Preservation has established a Notre Dame Restoration Fund to receive donations, 100% of which will go toward the restoration of the Cathedral. Hundreds of millions have already been pledged in France, but the cost of the restoration that was underway prior to the fire had already been estimated as $170 million.

The great tradition between France and the United States includes the donation of the Statue of Liberty by France, the liberation of France led by the United States in World War II and the outpouring of French support in the wake of 9/11, when Le Mondes headline was “We are all Americans” and hundreds of Parisians spontaneously gathered at Notre Dame to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

We hope you will join us in this effort to restore Notre Dame, a true world landmark.

Greg Paxton
Executive Director

Notre Dame Restoration Fund

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