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Entre historicisme et modernité : les châteaux construits ou remaniés dans l'Allier, le Cantal et le Puy-de-Dôme, entre le Premier Empire et la Première Guerre mondiale.

Abstract : As the French Revolution put an end to privileges and the hierarchical division of society, castles seemed meant to disappear or survive only as remains of a bygone era. But the 19th century actually turned out to be a golden age for them – both in France and in many countries in Europe. In France, countless castles were built or overhauled, as the nobility returned to their lands and the bourgeoisie grew in power and wealth. In the three French départements of Allier, Cantal and Puy-de-Dôme, no less then 464 projects or actual construction works were launched. They originated either from ancient noble families wishing to erase the damages of time and History on their properties or from wealthy bourgeois willing to own high-profile mansions that would be of testimony of their social uplift. The 19th century was also a period where the Middle Ages was re-discovered and ancient castles became attractive again. Architectural trends were influenced by historicism, sometimes exotic styles, while interior design had to suit the lifestyle and need for comfort of the landlords. Some architects specialised in such projects, both historicist and modern
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Nelly Faure. Entre historicisme et modernité : les châteaux construits ou remaniés dans l'Allier, le Cantal et le Puy-de-Dôme, entre le Premier Empire et la Première Guerre mondiale.. Histoire. Université Blaise Pascal - Clermont-Ferrand II, 2014. Français. ⟨NNT : 2014CLF20014⟩. ⟨tel-01207999⟩

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