FHS at Home: Meet the Owners Series
An Intimate Look at Three Restoration Projects Supported by FHS Chapters
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.
- Tues., June 22 3pm EST / 9pm Paris – Atlanta, Louisiana, Northern California Chapters
Alex & Albane de Grailly of the Château de Panloy (Charente-Maritime)