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FHS at Home: Meet the Owners – Domaine de Chavat

Wednesday, May 26, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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FHS at Home: Meet the Owners Series
An Intimate Look at Three Restoration Projects Supported by FHS Chapters

French Heritage Society, in collaboration with its Atlanta, Dallas, Louisiana, New York and Northern California Chapters is pleased to present this Meet the Owners Series in English.  Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at what owning and maintaining an historic château  or domain entail and how FHS grants offer key support and encouragement.
Our second event in the series on Wednesday, May 26th at 1pm EST/ 7pm Paris  features the Domaine de Chavat (Gironde), which received a New York Chapter grant of $10,000.

Located the banks of the Garonne River south of Bordeaux, the gardens are noteworthy for their great plant variety, important statuary and water ways. The Domain includes a château, park and the water tower built by Le Corbusier in 1917. Abandoned during in the late 19th century, this former wine-growing estate owes its rebirth to an industrialist from Bordeaux, who acquired the property and saved it from ruin by transforming it into one of the most beautiful parks in Aquitaine. When the statuary in the park as vandalized three years ago it was a blow to the entire community. Its restoration will also help restore civic pride and a sense of community as well as enhance local tourism.

The New York Chapter grant supported the restoration of the vandalized 19th-century statuary ensemble “Mystère de la Vie” (Mystery of Life), a major monumental work in marble by Ernesto Gazzeri from 1919. Several of the figures were decapitated or disfigured. The damaged fragments were recovered and were used to painstakingly restore the work to its original state.

The final event in the Meet The Owners Series:
  • Tues., June 22 3pm EST / 9pm Paris –  Atlanta, Louisiana, Northern California Chapters
    Alex & Albane de Grailly of the Château de Panloy (Charente-Maritime)
This virtual event series is $25 per event. All ticket proceeds from each event support funding of the Chapter grants for the restoration project featured in that conference.  Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, FHS was able to award $166,000 in restoration grants in 2020 in large part thanks to the efforts of its 11 Chapters. This is your chance to support them and Meet the Owners!
To register, please use the Paypal dropdown links below. A Zoom link will be provided following your registration.

New York Chapter Chavat Gardens 5/26/2021


Wednesday, May 26
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm