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Report - La Maison de Marbre, Beziers, France - June 2015

The_Raw

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#1
I first visited here in March last year and ever since it has been tightly sealed. I had no tripod, no torch and just my kit lens back then so I'd been dying to get back in. This time it appeared luck was on my side, a nice easy way in and no spiderman shit involved. However, someone had altered the access point from the previous day so I was a bit on edge because it appeared that I might not be alone. Most likely junkies I was thinking to myself, but several strange noises from upstairs turned out to be nothing, just my imagination putting in some overtime. It was good to see it again, worth popping in to see the grand staircase if nothing else. I've nicked my own history from last year's visit.

This was originally a hotel called Hotel Chappaz. It was Joseph Chappaz, a wine merchant who specialized in vermouths such as Noilly-Prat who had the building built in 1868 for his wife Augustine. He commissioned Jean Antoine Injalbert (1845-1933), a famous sculpter from Beziers to execute the statues on the front of the building. The building is now much neglected but Injalbert's sculptures are still intact and are arguably some of his best work.

It has since belonged to a wealthy family and was last lived in by the mother who passed away a few years ago. Her son tried to sell the property but to no avail, it was due for demolition although there is a possibility of it being restored and used as lawyer's offices for the court house being built next door. Although it is pretty much entirely stripped it still retains some stunning features, the ground floor is almost entirely made from marble and Injalbert's sculptures are pretty impressive.

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Thanks for looking :thumb
 

The_Raw

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#11
Saw this place over Easter - sadly externals only. Fab pix and wish I could have got inside for a gander...
Ah that's a shame, I was lucky on this visit as it got sealed within days afterwards. I think you can still get in another way but it's a bit dangerous and not exactly sly either....
 

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