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Restored 30s Mansion reopens

A 1930s mansion has been restored and will open to the public on 18 June 2015Villa Cavrois:

Villa Cavrois

Villa Cavrois

An architectural manifesto, Villa Cavrois, the work of architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, a figure of the modernist school, was designed and built in Croix between 1929 and 1932 for Paul Cavrois, a textile industrialist from the Nord department, and his family.

Designed between 1929 and 1932, the Villa Cavrois is the most emblematic achievement of architect Mallet-Stevens. For this reason it became classified as a monument historique in 1990 and was bought by the French state in 2001, and then  taken over by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux in 2008.

When designing the villa, Mallet-Stevens did not limit himself to the layout of the architectural volumes: he also designed all the interior furnishings down to the smallest piece of furniture.

The building had been allowed to fall into a pitiful state of disrepair, but has now been lovingly restored.
For more info see www.villa-cavrois.fr/en/ Open daily except Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 May, 11 November and 25 December

The villa is situated between Roubaix and Lille at Bourg (59 Nord, Nord Pa-de-Calais) and is on the tram line from Lille City Centre to Roubaix.