Heritage rehabilitation

Richelieu's castle renovated stables to install a craft together.
"The 36-38 rue Jean Jaurès is a symbol of the fight against substandard housing. "Says Anne-Laure PEREZ, deputy mayor in charge of urban planning. Today the island is walled and blocked windows, the courtyard is fallow and walls moisture disgorge.


A castle in Gennevilliers

In 1746, Richelieu Duke marshal, grand nephew of Cardinal buys a field in Gennevilliers and there built a large house that Jean-Nicolas Servandoni Florentine architect, transformed into a castle. Richelieu is an important figure of the kingdom and the king himself is involved in hunting parties in the property. Sumptuous feasts are organized, this place became one of the trysts of the court of Louis XV. In 1787, the castle belongs to the Duke of Orleans, the future Philippe Egalité, before passing between various hands. In 1902, the city bought the castle to make a school. The old common castle are still visible at the corner of Carnot and Jean-Jaurès, but the rest was destroyed in 1998 to build the new college Pasteur.

A large rectangular English park, an orangery, a kiosk, an artificial cave housing a cooler and a large pond decorate the property of Richelieu Duke Marshal. In 1752, a circular temple, destroyed in the early twentieth century, was built on top of the cooler. The painter Boucher has decorated the panels of the gazebo, and the dome of the pavilion, dedicated to the goddess Aurora, stands a gold Mercury. The first public performance of the play by Beaumarchais, "The Marriage of Figaro," takes place in the castle of Gennevilliers. Played September 26, 1783, she announced the Revolution evoking the ideas of justice and liberty.


August 2017 The cleaning operation of the 18th century the site is completed. Good news, architectural and original material items can be saved and reused.

Today, the walls are lepers, the court record, the floors have minefield tunes as the floor is rotten: the smallest step can lead you one floor down. A crumpled survival blanket reflects the presence of squatters ... Yet this building at the corner of Jean-Jaures and Carnot in Gennevilliers, is a nugget of local history. These are the old stables Richelieu (note: the duke, not the cardinal) that will be the basis for creating a craft center.

Since January a team led by Jean-Marc and Frederick Aliotti Martorello, both architects heritage, performs cleaning of the whole. "No to the demolition," says the first outset. The operation is to remove and disassemble everything that can be. Then the experts examine parts and original materials and decide whether or not they can be kept. This site is what remains of the castle built in the 18th Gennevilliers, from 1760.

Over the decades and centuries the vast castle was nibbled, dismembered and the latest dependencies ended in dilapidated housing. The "36-38 Jean-Jaurès" had become the symbol of the fight against the city slums. In open war against the last owner, the municipality had finally walled all and redeemed all apartments in 2015. "The smallest space was used by the slumlord" scolds Anne-Laure Perez, deputy mayor in charge of urban planning .

Richelieu The old stables will be transformed into artisan hotel. Here Anne-Laure Perez, deputy mayor, Jean-Marc Aliotti (with shoulder) and Frederic Martorello (with glasses) both architects heritage. LP / OB

The idea of ​​a redevelopment is older but the site is classified, any pickaxe imply authorization to buildings in France. And the cleaning started earlier this year has kept its promises. "The tiles were some 150 to 250 years are in good condition. They were shaped by hand, "explains Frédéric Martorello. Cornices and the frame can be preserved as some paints or hardware. As usual, we must scratch and dig for the remains that appear in the decay matrix.

From the floor, wooden framing, almost massive rot, commands respect. And it is even one of the current emergencies. "It took us a support Overall, says Jean-Marc Aliotti. The frame is too heavy for the rest of the building as the walls. The balance is extremely precarious. "We'll have to file this roof and reinforcing the structure to support the structure by installing just below the kinds of rigid frames vaguely resembling soccer goals. "The site is very vulnerable to wind and storms, insists Frédéric Martorello. In winter, the risk of collapse is very real. We should all be secured by November. "

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