Sunday, October 16, 2011

Maison Mantin - Strange Palace

Photograph courtesy Jérôme Mondière

A late 19th-century French mansion shuttered for more than a century has opened its doors to the public, revealing an array of outdated luxuries and oddities.

The house once belonged to the wealthy, philanthropic, and "egocentric" civil servant Louis Mantin, according to Maud Leyoudec, assistant curator at the new Maison Mantin, or "Mantin manor."

Mantin, who died in 1905, stated in his will that the house should be opened to the public a hundred years after his death. The mansion underwent extensive work to repair insect and mold damage before being reopened in October 2010.

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