Safeguarding the spirit of an historic interior on the basis of the ‘Nara-grid’

Jaenen, Marieke (2008) Safeguarding the spirit of an historic interior on the basis of the ‘Nara-grid’. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

The spirit of an historic interior can be found in the layered concept of value(s) of the interior. The Nara-grid is a tool to indicate the multidisciplinary values. This grid is developed at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (R.L.I.C.C) and identifies the ‘Aspects’ and the ‘Dimensions’ based on Article 13 of the Nara Document on Authenticity. After collecting and comprehending all the data of the interior the Naragrid can be used to provide a definition of the several values of the interior. Proceeding from this definition the essential spirit of the interior can be specified and be used as a guide to future treatment and monitoring for safeguarding the spirit. Case studies: The interior of the Bourse of Antwerp (Belgium) is one restoration project with different interiors in the matter of history, erection, architecture, style, remains and finally also different restoration approaches. - The neogothic interior of the 19th century Bourse building is perfect preserved and will have a soft restoration - The connected 18th century rococo mansion ‘Hotel du Bois’ has a partly preserved interior space concept. The disappeared space concept of the ground floor will be reconstructed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Jaenen, Marieke
Languages: English
Keywords: historic interior; spirit of place; authenticity; Nara Document on Authenticity
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: The Bourse of Antwerp, Belgium; ‘Hotel du Bois’, Antwerp, Belgium
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 06:26
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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