Petite Plaisance

2013 Grant of $8,000—Boston Chapter

Petite Plaisance, the home of renowned French author Marguerite Yourcenar, was turned into a museum upon her death. The first woman to be elected to the Académie Française, the multi- talented Yourcenar was a novelist, essayist, playwright, short story writer, poet, translator and world traveler. She settled in Maine at the onset of the Second World War. A master at reconstructing historical eras, her novels dealing with modern issues set in historical contexts won her immense fame as a writer.

Restoration: Includes removal of the old clapboard sidings and replacing them with new, historically accurate ones, repair of rotten boards or trim, lead paint prep, and repainting of the entire surface.