With More Than 30 Projects Completed in the Country to Date, WMF Plans to Take on Major New Projects in the Coming Year 

World Monuments Fund (WMF) first established itself in France in 1989 and since then has undertaken more than 30 projects at 21 sites, directly or via the intermediary World Monuments Fund France, which closed in 2017 for a strategic reorganization. Since 1989, WMF has invested more than $19 million in heritage projects in France.  To this may be added a $2 million contribution towards French sites abroad, including the restoration of the home of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York and the Palazzo Farnese, seat of the French embassy in Italy. 

WMF France Board of Directors

  • Prince Amyn Aga Khan, President 
  • Andréa d’Avack
  • Stéphane Bern
  • Frédérique Cassereau, General Secretary 
  • Alice Goldet
  • Lorna B. Goodman, ex-officio
  • Dena Kaye
  • Alexis Kugel
  • Thomas Lambert, Treasurer
  • Renaud de Lesquen
  • Corinne Mentzelopoulos
  • Frédéric Mion
  • Juan-Pablo Molyneux, Vice President
  • Bénédicte de Montlaur, ex-officio
  • Elvira Grimaldi di Nixima Oetker
  • Maryvonne Pinault

WMF France Scientific Committee

  • Stéphane Bern, Member of the Board of Directors and President of the Scientific Commitee
  • Louis Benech, Landscape designer
  • Mathieu Deldicque, Director of the Musée Condé and Chief Heritage Conservator at the Château de Chantilly
  • Colette Di Matteo Lablaude, Inspector General of Historic Monuments and Honorary General Heritage Conservator
  • Alexandre Gady, Architectural historian and Scientific Director of the Musée du Grand Siècle project 
  • Cinzia Pasquali, Heritage restorer
  • Yves Ubelmann, Architect, Co-Founder and President of Iconem

Executive Director 

Communications in France


In Focus

Featured Projects

Active Project

Potager Du Roi

Versailles, France
Stakeholders are poised to reimagine the stewardship of the historic kitchen garden of the Palace of Versailles, a place of instruction and experimentation.
Church of Saint-Eustache in Paris, France.
Active Project

Church of Saint-Eustache

Paris, France
Over the years, the Church of Saint-Eustache has become an important religious and community gathering place in the historic center of Paris, France.
The west front of Notre-Dame of Paris prior to the April 2019 fire, 2018.

Notre-Dame of Paris

Paris, France
The near-loss of a beloved cathedral and global icon reminds us of the depth of human connection to heritage places and the personal trauma that their destruction can bring.

American Cathedral in Paris

Paris, France
Constructed between 1881 and 1889, the American Cathedral in Paris was designed by George Edmond Street, a leading Gothic Revival architect.
Completed Project

Château de Chantilly

Chantilly, France
The Château de Chantilly sits at the confluence of the Oise and Seine Rivers in northern France and is a magnificent stone complex surrounded by manicured lawns, farms, ponds, and stables.
Interiors of the reconstructed Chancellerie d’Orléans, 2021. © Archives nationales France.
Completed Project

Chancellerie d'Orléans

Paris, France
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.
Favart Foyer, 2008
Completed Project

Opéra Comique

Paris, France
Founded in 1714, the Opéra Comique is one of the oldest French institutions presenting dramatic and musical works. The building was destroyed by fires, and rebuilt, in 1838 and 1887.
Completed Project

Hôtel Des Invalides

Paris, France
Built from 1676 to 1706 at the direction of Louis XIV as a veterans' hospital, the Hôtel des Invalides boasts an elegant classical façade and impressive dome.
Hotel de Talleyrand
Completed Project

Hôtel de Talleyrand

Paris, France
Located at the heart of Paris near the Place de la Concorde, the Hôtel de Talleyrand is among the most important historic European buildings under the stewardship of the US Department of State.
Completed Project

Saint Sulpice Church

Paris, France
Saint-Sulpice was built over a 130-year period, beginning in 1646 during the regency of Queen Anne of Austria.