François Romain

Engineer

1646 – 1737

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Who was François Romain?

François Romain was an engineer-architect who had taken minor orders as a Dominican friar. By commission of the States of Holland, in 1683 he reconstructed the ancient bridge at Maastricht, crossing the river and the Liège Canal in nine arches. Successful in this undertaking, for which dredging was required, he was requested to come to Paris, where he resided in the monastery of Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin, and oversaw the completion of the Pont Royal, which had been designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, with a central arch having a span of 23.5 meters. Record of payments to him beginning 1 April 1685, three weeks after the contract was awarded, showed that, contrary to the traditional account that he was not brought in until trouble had been encountered, he was the specialist in the project from the beginning. Dredging the Seine's riverbed was required in order to establish sound footings, and caissons were employed for the deep foundations here for the first time, half a century before Charles Labélye's use of them at Westminster Bridge, London. Construction proceeded without incident and was completed and the bridge formally opened, 13–14 June 1689.

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Born
1646
Died
1737

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on July 23, 2013

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