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.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Meanwhile, smaller houses are being refurbished...

an early 19th century façade renovated
While big scale renovations are carried forward - la Halle or carriage-door painting by Terres et Coleurs for example - more modest projects transform previously sad and neglected façades.  While Richelieu still has many 17th century façades, some have been replaced by 18th and 19th century 'improvements'.  These elevations often have great charm too, and they complement the rather more formal and sober elevations of the original houses.  This particular house has very precise masonry detailing and has blossomed with the restoration efforts a proud owner and her locally-based stone masons.

Crisp newly-restored masonry after years of crumbling in the frost...

Next door, an older 17th century façade restored too.
A pretty colour palette!


lucarnes at eaves level allow use of the attics

an ensemble on place Nicholas Lemercier in August light
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