Since the long collaboration between Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo and Politecnico di Mi-lano (VFD) was renewed, the Duomo Cathedral has been investigated from different points of view in order to enhance the continuous care procedures, which can be understood in the theo-retical frame of preventive and planned conservation [1]. Among the different study approaches, the collaboration with the historical archive of the VFD showed the potentialities for recording the main pathologies afflicting the building during dif-ferent periods and for classifying the intervention criteria set for facing specific problems affect-ing the main loadbearing structures and their materials. The archive documents provided precious indications concerning the restoration works and strategical measures adopted for the common decay problems presented by the building mate-rials [2], [3]. A turning point in the intervention philosophy, observed in the archives docu-ments, occurred in the beginning of the 1960s, when the Cathedral was concluded, and the VFD had to move from construction and maintenance activities to the conservation issues [4]. On behalf of the large amount of interventions that became a constant care for the building, from the second half of the last century, the VFD promoted interesting efforts in the mainte-nance policy by experimenting new technological solutions [5]. With the aim to protect the dif-ferent features of the Cathedral, new special mixtures were introduced in the common interven-tion criteria, experimenting on site new resins for repairing. At an impressive extension, these practices produced new systems made up of different materials, namely marble and stones, iron, mortars and resins, whose compatibility on the long run is still to be evaluated. This work fo-cuses on the consequences observed after the development of a clear common practice for the care requested by such a complex building.

Damage control, preservation procedures and durability studies: an investigation approach through the Milan Duomo Cathedral archives

S. Della Torre;L. Cantini
2018

Abstract

Since the long collaboration between Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo and Politecnico di Mi-lano (VFD) was renewed, the Duomo Cathedral has been investigated from different points of view in order to enhance the continuous care procedures, which can be understood in the theo-retical frame of preventive and planned conservation [1]. Among the different study approaches, the collaboration with the historical archive of the VFD showed the potentialities for recording the main pathologies afflicting the building during dif-ferent periods and for classifying the intervention criteria set for facing specific problems affect-ing the main loadbearing structures and their materials. The archive documents provided precious indications concerning the restoration works and strategical measures adopted for the common decay problems presented by the building mate-rials [2], [3]. A turning point in the intervention philosophy, observed in the archives docu-ments, occurred in the beginning of the 1960s, when the Cathedral was concluded, and the VFD had to move from construction and maintenance activities to the conservation issues [4]. On behalf of the large amount of interventions that became a constant care for the building, from the second half of the last century, the VFD promoted interesting efforts in the mainte-nance policy by experimenting new technological solutions [5]. With the aim to protect the dif-ferent features of the Cathedral, new special mixtures were introduced in the common interven-tion criteria, experimenting on site new resins for repairing. At an impressive extension, these practices produced new systems made up of different materials, namely marble and stones, iron, mortars and resins, whose compatibility on the long run is still to be evaluated. This work fo-cuses on the consequences observed after the development of a clear common practice for the care requested by such a complex building.
10th IMC ‐ Proceedings of the 10th International Masonry Conference
Cathedral of Milan; historical archives, Ferrari da Passano, stone durability, special resins.
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