A nonprofit-private property
The Chapel of Notre-Dame du Haut and the hills’ lands belong to the Association Oeuvre Notre-Dame du Haut which makes it an unusual situation for a religious structure.
The history of the association (AONDH) goes back to the late seventeenth century when forty local families and the local priest, bought the Ronchamp chapel, sold as national property during the French Revolution. Their goal was to restore the original vocation of the building: a devotional chapel dedicated to the Holy Virgin and a place of pilgrimage, to which the inhabitants of the area remained much attached. The acquisition of the building was made with joint ownership of all people involved in the financing of the purchase, while the worship and financial management of the chapel was provided by the parish, through an agreement with the diocese of Besancon.
After the liberation of Ronchamp in 1944, the building had been severely damaged. In order to receive war damages and by borrowing the needed amount of money for the rebuilt, the owners formed an estate company in 1949 and a reconstruction committee with Alfred Canet as an active secretary. When full payment for the completion of the chapel had been made, the property company was transformed on 11th February, 1974 into an Association, governed by the 1901 law of general interest.
AONDH : association Oeuvre Notre-Dame du Haut
Today the Association Oeuvre Notre-Dame du Haut has forty members and a Board of Directors, presided by Jean-Jacques VIROT, with two Vice Presidents, Christine MUSARD and Jean-François MATHEY.
The headquarters of the AONDH are located in the Gatehouse, which are also open to the research around the work of Le Corbusier.
If you wish to support the Association Œuvre Notre- Dame du Haut in its maintenance, management and value-creation activities for the Chapel Notre-Dame du Haut, please contact:
Association Œuvre Notre-Dame du Haut - ** **Mr. Jean-Jacques VIROT
13 rue de la Chapelle,