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The cathedral's concrete frame
During World War I, Reims suffered several German bombardments. On September 19, 1914, the city's cathedral experienced a massive fire. Twenty years were needed to restore the building, which is still undergoing renovations today. Between 1924 and 1926, the architect Henri Deneux conceived and installed a new framework in reinforced concrete for the cathedral. He first thought about using a metal structure, but it would have been too heavy. Deneux based his project on a technique elaborated by Philibert Delorme in the 16th century that required wood.
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