Built around 1550 this residence of very high quality is composed of two buildings, one which gives on to the street, the other on to the garden, and which are linked by a lateral corridor which leads to a spiral staircase. The basement kitchens are located on the garden side giving on to a lower courtyard. Underneath this courtyard there is a rainwater cistern, whose water was drawn from a well topped with a small dome.
The facade has a complex rhythm of two levels with an alternation of large and narrow bays. The small columns of the Ionic and Corinthian orders articulate each level whilst accentuating the relief of the ensemble. The stone transoms and mullions of the windows are a part of the layout of the facade. Profuse and varied, the upper frieze made up of vegetal ornaments contrasts with the sobriety and the orderliness of the lower frieze, which is composed of bovine skulls. The door, in a closed arch topped by an opening and a triangular pediment, is decorated by a garland with a lion's muzzle and rams' heads.
During opening times, you can go along the side passage (firebacks, spiral staircase) to Rue du Cardinal Morlot where you can see another Renaissance House on your right, further along the street. No admission charge.
Two exhibitions are to be discovered: "The languish private mansions" and "Renaissance studiolo in France and Europe".
Access to passageway (firebacks), all year, 9am - 6pm.
Exhibitions from May 30 to October 6, Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm to 6pm.
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