French Heritage Society (FHS) and The American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse jointly hosted a presentation at the French Consulate in New York on the evening of Thursday, March 5, 2020. The topic was “Abbaye de Lagrasse: 1,000 Years of Human Expression in the Architecture of a Sacred Site.” As part of the evening, The Abbaye announced the launching of its American Friends effort, which is part of to the FHS Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Its planned fundraising campaign, Revive Lagrasse Abbey, is an ambitious 5-year campaign targeting a $6.7 million fundraising goal for L’Abbaye de Lagrasse restoration projects.
FHS Board Chairman Elizabeth F. Stribling welcomed Didier Repellin, Architecte en Chef des Monuments Historiques, Inspecteur Général des Monuments Historiques and FHS Honorary Board member. The event was held in the presence of the Très Révérend Père Emmanuel-Marie, Abbé des Chanoines de Lagrasse and Eric Bayer, Vice-Consul General of France in New York.
“The restoration of our Abbaye de Lagrasse is an extraordinary challenge: to give life to such a monument is a cultural, human and spiritual adventure, unique in France today,” said Très Révérend Père Emmanuel-Marie.
Didier Repellin then elaborated on the ingenuity of the ancient engineering of the Abbey. He specifically focused on the Abbey’s remarkable masonry.
A lively cocktail reception followed: