The topics of this blog are Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Duke of Richelieu, and the IDEAL CITY built on his command next to his magnificent CHÂTEAU on the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, in France.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Two new renovations





Two projects, one completed, one just started. The first is a very skilled restoration of two adjacent houses on the place des Religieuses. In this project one can see how the original seventeenth century shops flanked the squares of the town. Often the arcaded manner of these girdling buildings has beeen obscured by later adaptaions and more recent retail façades. The second's project sign announces the complete restoration of the hôtel particulier at 14 Grande Rue. Sadly one of the few remaining 19th century retail façades will be lost in the redevelopment; this amazing decrepit optician's shop with its striking shop sign above. One's eyes would have to be bad not to be able to read that RED sign!

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