Grant Highlights

Franco-American initiatives to preserve cultural treasures in both countries are crucial. It is clear that if future generations are to know the beauties of landmarks and historic monuments, it is our responsibility to act now to protect them.

Preservation is at the core of French Heritage Society’s mission. We awarded more than $520,000 in restoration grants in 2016 and look forward to enhancing this in 2017.

“It’s not just about making a contribution or sending a check, it’s about Americans who share their love of France”—Denis de Kergorlay, FHS President

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Château de Saconay (Rhône-Alpes) (Pomeys, France)

2016 Grant of $16,000 - FHS The 14th century Maison Forte was called La Carrodière and belonged to Jehan de Lemps. He sold the house in 1558 to the Saconay family, who originated from the Geneva area and they gave their name to the château. It was sold several time until Claude Guillet, from Lyon, bought it in 1707 and did important restoration work. The château was pillaged during the Revolution. The 19th -cenutry restoration was interrupted by WWI. The current owner has been restoring the château doing the work himself for many years. Roof restoration is urgent to prevent deterioration of exceptional interior painted décor. Restoration: Roofs, tiles and carpentry