Maine-et-Loire (49), France - Loire chateau in French limestone to dismantle shortly, for re-construction hopefully to save this splendid building for future generations. Built as a vineyard owner's comfortable home in the second part of the 19th century, of manageable scale and proportions, it is suitable for a coherent architectural project for shipping and re-build.
Size: The Chateau's footprint is approx 300 sq metres (3,200 sq ft) per level, so there are over 1,000 m2 (13,000 sq ft) of rooms:
LEVEL -1: Vaulted wine cellars with basement windows all round.
LEVEL 0: Reception rooms either side of central corridor.
LEVEL 1: Main Bedrooms either side of central corridor.
LEVEL 2: Attic bedrooms, servants quarters with stone dormer windows.
Plus extensive attic floor above in roof space.
The old postcard view towards the chateau across its south-west gardens is evocative of happier times. The second postcard view is from the East towards the chateau's entrance façade, and shows presumably owner and staff tasting their wine.
The central building was built first, mid 19th century, and both wings were built shortly after.
Having been built following the construction of the Loire Region's canal network, with the vineyard adjoining it, this will have been a strategic commercial decision. The wine barrels will have been loaded onto canal barges for distribution. Indeed the local historical society records the vineyard producing a 'petit vin gris très agréable' which had an excellent reputation. However the vines were decimated by the phylloxera epidemic, and that presumably led to the domaine's inexorable decline.
The chateau's outbuildings were in 1938 transformed into a fertiliser production unit, which over the decades has expanded and evolved in terms of security. Falling well within the perimeter of the fertilizer factory's obligatory protection zone it could not be used as a dwelling, and has fallen into such a dangerous state of repair that the chateau and factory owners have decided to allocate the chateau to BCA Matériaux Anciens to dismantle and market to hopefully be re-built elsewhere, perhaps for export. BCA can store the crates of component parts for a long period as part of any purchase arrangement.
Photo file and architectural salvage description: these few photos shown are part of David Ackers' extensive photo survey. Contact us for further information if you are seriously interested.
B.C.A. Materiaux Anciens S.A.
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Date Modified: July 03, 2015, 12:49 PM