Life at № 42
The descendants of architect Léon Daures have donated all of his files/notes/drawings to the government of the Tarn. You might not recognise his name but if you’ve been to Albi and seen the Triumphal Arch (aka monument aux morts) near the cathedral – well that was done by him.
He was also responsible for the Caisse d’Epargne in Albi, Foucaud in Gaillac and Chateau Bellevue.
An employee of the French version of the National Trust (architectural heritage inventory) came by yesterday to have a look at number 42 and brought me some fascinating papers as Mr. Daures also happened to be the architect for this house.
The most interesting part is how the drawings evolved. The house begins with considerably more architectural decorations, less french doors, and a much smaller roof space (which would have meant a much smaller third floor).
Let’s play spot the differences