Early Iron Roofs in Belgian Churches (1845-60)

Romain Wibaut, Ine Wouters, Thomas Coomans

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This paper sets out to assess the early age of iron roof construction in Belgian churches and its evolution through an in-depth analysis of a selection of cases situated in Belgium, an early-industrialised country with a fast-developing iron industry. The study is based on fieldwork, archive and literature study of three early iron trusses in churches in Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent. By providing renewed insight into the early use of iron and the evolution of the construction principles in churches, this study intends to encourage researchers, architects or heritage assessors to consider the roof construction of churches with greater care.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructural Analysis of Historical Constructions
Subtitle of host publicationAn Interdisciplinary Approach
EditorsR. Aguilar, D. Torrealva, S. Moreira, M. Pando, L.F. Ramos
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-99441-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-99440-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event11th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions: An interdisciplinary approach - JW Marriott Hotel, Cusco, Peru
Duration: 10 Sep 201813 Oct 2018
Conference number: 11

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NameRILEM Bookseries


Conference11th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions
Abbreviated titleSAHC
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  • 19 century
  • Belgium
  • Church construction
  • Iron
  • Roof construction
  • Construction History


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