Château de Fontainebleau – Pavillon de l'Etang

2012 Grant of $60,000

The royal château of all the Kings and Emperors of France for eight centuries, and the site of the 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner, the Château de Fontainebleau holds a unique place in the history of France. French Heritage Society will award a grant to help restore the Pavillon de l’Etang (Pond Pavilion) built by Le Vau for Louis XIV, restored and redecorated with painted wooden panels in 1813 under Napoléon Ier.

This pavilion surrounded by water is one of the emblematic sites in the gardens, which symbolize the continuity of the Kings’ presence and embellishments of the Royal Palace of Fontainebleau. The pavilion features striking decorative wooden panels depicting foliage, birds and flowers in harmony with nature surrounding it.

The location of this pavilion, which seems to float on water, presents challenges to preserve it from moisture, a persistent problem since its construction. This body of water and the building that adorn it make this site a magical place, well suited for fireworks that Louis XIV and his court loved. It was a setting much appreciated by the court, including to dine, as did Louis XIV and his family at times, as well as Tsar Peter the Great in 1717.

Restoration: Pavillon de l’Etang’s the finely decorated wooden panels that are damaged, cracked, and whose paint is peeling and losing its brilliance.