This year, the FHS Atlanta Chapter is supporting a five restoration grants - four in France and one in the United States. Due to the global pandemic limiting the impact of event-based fundraising, we need your help in order to sustain the architectural legacy of France now more than ever. You can find information on each of the grant projects below (in the order that they are pictured).
Château de Castries Gardens (Herault): Known as "the little Versailles of Languedoc," Castries is home to a vast park and 17th-century gardens designed by Le Nôtre. The gardens are a key element of efforts by the town of Castries to increase tourism and enrich their community while providing local and foreign visitors a taste of French savoir-vivre.
The grant will help repair the hydraulic system of The Grand Cascade and the reflecting pool, key elements of the gardens' charm. The aqueduct system is a unique work designed by Paul Riquet and is classified as a historic monument.
Chapelle Sacre-Couer des Feuillants (Vienne): With its foundations laid in 1818, Sacre-Couer des Feuillants is the only neoclassical building in Poitiers. It is a replica of the Expiatory Chapel in Paris which was dedicated to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
The grant will support major structural restoration efforts for the roof, vault, and wooden dome. Once work is complete, the Chapelle will serve as a hub for concerts, exhibitions and other events to transform it into an active part of the community of Poitiers.
Château de la Rivoire (Ardèche): A surprising example of Provençal bastide architecture in the region, Rivoire dates back to the early 18th century.
The restoration efforts concern the severely damaged roofs. The château hosts a music festival each summer that is a major source of tourism for the region. The château has also played a role in the innovation of local agricultural techniques due to its vast irrigation network.
Château de Panloy (Charente-Maritime): Built during the reign of Louis XV, Panloy is home to a dovecote that is listed as a historic monument and represents one of the last vestiges of Renaissance-style architecture in the region.
Restoration efforts will effect major repairs to the historic dovecote. The current owners are committed to making the château a vital part of the local community, with a focus on ecology education and the preservation of nature.
Lafayette Room (Mount Vernon, VA): Beloved historical figure Marquis de Lafayette stayed for two weeks at Mount Vernon while visiting George Washington, making the room where he stayed emblematic of the Franco-American alliance.
The restoration grant will fund the creation and installation of period-appropriate wallpaper. Mount Vernon is an American civic touchstone which welcomes more than 1 million visitors annually, including 350,000 students.