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ArchGuy1 Jun 10, 2019 3:41 AM

Ambassador Hotel and Notre Dame Cathedral Fire Comparisons
 
Why did the Ambassador Hotel in Dallas burn to the ground and why did Notre Dame Cathedral survive basically intact when it caught fire. Both fires occurred during renovation work and were like a month and a half apart.

Amanita Jun 11, 2019 7:42 AM

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Originally Posted by ArchGuy1 (Post 8600399)
Why did the Ambassador Hotel in Dallas burn to the ground and why did Notre Dame Cathedral survive basically intact when it caught fire. Both fires occurred during renovation work and were like a month and a half apart.

Both buildings are very different, structurally. Look at pictures of Notre Dame, taken from the inside of the nave, looking up at that vaulted ceiling. Those stone vaults are structural, and help hold the building together. Aside from being punctured in a couple of spots, it held, and kept fire from consuming the entire inside of the building.

ArchGuy1 Jun 11, 2019 4:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Amanita (Post 8601632)
Both buildings are very different, structurally. Look at pictures of Notre Dame, taken from the inside of the nave, looking up at that vaulted ceiling. Those stone vaults are structural, and help hold the building together. Aside from being punctured in a couple of spots, it held, and kept fire from consuming the entire inside of the building.

How was the Ambassador Hotel constructed by contrast.


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