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Report - Hotel Chappaz, Bezier, France, March 2016

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by HughieD, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Jan 15, 2013
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    Came across this place by chance after a trip out to see Bezier. This sumptuous mansion sticks out like a sore thumb. It is over the road from a new shopping development, behind it a social housing scheme and to the right an abandoned garage. It’s been left a bit high and dry as other buildings around it have been demolished. This beautiful old house is pretty much near in the centre of Beziers and was originally a hotel called Hotel Chappaz. It was built by Joseph Chappaz, a wealthy wine merchant who specialised in Vermouths including Noilly-Prat. He funded its construction in 1868 for his wife Augustine. He also commissioned Jean Antoine Injalbert (1845-1933), a famous local sculptor, to execute the statues on the building’s fantastic front façade. Apparently the building subsequently passed to the ownership of a wealthy local family and was last inhabited by the mother who died about eight years ago. Her son, however, was not interested in living in the house and tried to sell the property but, as is often the way, there were no takers and the place has sat boarded up and in neglect. The house was apparently under threat of demolition a couple of years ago but is now rumoured to be going to be restored and used as offices for lawyer's as new court house or ‘Palace de Justice’ is due to be built next door.

    Having parked up and had a quick look round I could see no obvious point of entry hence sadly it’s externals only. Here I refer you to The Raw's excellent report from July 2015. His report shows it is pretty much stripped inside and crumbling but still retains some stunning features. The ground floor is almost entirely made from red and crème marble and it has some amazing fire-places still in-situ and a central staircase to die for. Was in two minds whether to do a report with just externals but given it hasn’t been done too much on here before and the sculptures make it rather special, decided to go for it.

    The front is a total wow factor:

    26007902501_96c8f52d48_b.jpg img4457 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Jean Antoine Injalbert’s sculptures on the building’s front façade are in goodish nick and amazing:

    25981759232_9780987dca_b.jpg img4469 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26048461326_f4fd00587c_b.jpg img4460 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The lower one in this pair has had a nose job though!

    25801573860_990e49fd70_b.jpg img4466 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26074448345_44ee7c8341_b.jpg img4467bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Round the side to the right there’s an amazing wrought-iron and glass canopy that’s seen better days:

    26008159241_257cc5ba3d_b.jpg img4463 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    25801699760_f5816555ae_b.jpg img4462 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The back elevation is less impressive:

    25469834084_db514339bf_b.jpg img4464 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Not too sure what happened here:

    25982095982_e259f9e91f_b.jpg img4465 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    There are also a handful of out-buildings too:

    26048262066_d20843fddc_b.jpg img4468 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Let’s hope it does indeed get saved…
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  2. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Mar 16, 2014
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    Haha, botched nose job.

    Looks pretty tightly sealed. I wonder what it looks like inside. I'm imagining some extravagant ceilings and things.
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