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woensdag 8 februari 2012

Chateau de Montgobert. House of Pauline Leclerc

The Château de Montgobert in the midst of the Forest of Retz, near Soissons, in MontgobertAisnePicardy, is a neoclassical Frenchchâteau that was built for Antoine Pierre Desplasses between 1768-1775 on the site of an ancient seigneurie.[1]
 

The château, which has the air of an English Palladian house, with four Ionic columns under an arced pediment, raised upon a high rusticated basement, was owned by Pauline Bonaparte, Napoleon's sister and wife of General Charles Leclerc who employed Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine to raise the house by adding an attic story[2] about 1798 and transformed the parterre into a terrace overlooking the park, which was re-landscaped in the naturalistic fashion, à l'anglaise, with meadows and clumps of trees and specimens against a background of woodland. The outbuildings were constructed before 1831, when they appear on an estate map. The pair of entrance pavilions date after 1835. In the early twentieth century the office of Achille Duchêne reorganized the grand terrace: a semi-circular parterre was flanked by terraces connected by stairs.
 

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