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CHANCELLERIE D'ORLEANS

Restoring and Reconstructing the Interiors of the Chancellerie d’Orleans

CHANCELLERIE D
Paris, France
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BACKGROUND

The Chancellerie d’Orléans, also known as the Hôtel de Voyer d’Argenson, was a famous townhouse, or hôtel particulier, built in Paris in the early eighteenth century. The building was designed by Germain Boffrand around 1707 and decorated by Antoine Coypel. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Beginning in 2000, WMF led an effort to identify and catalogue the remains of the Chancellerie d’Orleans and help the French government identify a permanent location for their reconstruction. Public interest in the monument was increased with the completion of a three-dimensional model of the site in 2004, created with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The restoration and reassembly of the interiors of Chancellerie d’Orléans are crucial to the broader acknowledgement and public appreciation of this historic monument. The décor of the hôtel, which was among the most significant of its time, has been inaccessible to the public since the early 1920s. (...)

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IN THE MEDIA
Au World Monument Fund, les Monuments Reconnaissants
Le Figaro, Monday, December 26, 2011
In Paris, Restoring a Masterpiece
Architects + Artisans, Monday, August 1, 2011
VIDEOS
World Monuments FundThe Chancellerie d’Orléans: Rebirth of a Forgotten Masterpiece
May, 2012

The Chancellerie d’Orléans was once a famed hôtel particulier built in Paris in the early eighteenth century. Its exquisite interiors were dismantled and stored in the 1920s when the building was demolished. In 2011, World Monuments Fund signed an agreement with the French Ministry of Culture that will result in the conservation and reassembly of the spec¬tacular interiors in the Hôtel de Rohan-Strasbourg. Bertrand du Vignaud, President of World Monuments Fund Europe, discusses these ongoing efforts in a lecture held at the Consulate General of France in New York.