- 5 bedrooms
- 7 habitable rooms
- 500 square meters of living space
- 450 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
The historic, cultural and gastronomic city of Lyon, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, has managed to preserve a large architectural heritage dating from the Gallo-Roman era through to the 20th century and including the Renaissance period. Furthermore, it is continually being enhanced with contemporary creations. This villa, standing in the city centre, is set in parklands, just a stone’s throw from a TGV train station with 2-hour links to Paris. Lyon-Saint-Exupéry international airport is a 20-minute car drive away. Geneva is 1½ hours away by road.
This property, in the city centre of Lyon, consists of a villa in approx. 2,000 m² of parklands, with a lake as well as a modern office building, constructed on the edge of the property. The residence was built in 1921 at the height of the Art Deco era, with some added Art Nouveau features. Inspired by the modernity of Tony-Garnier, it was given a terrace roof and was entirely constructed from reinforced concrete by two engineers, Léon-Lelièvre and Léon-Barbier, specialists in this material. Commissioned by a wealthy textile industrialist, whose wife adored Pompeian villas, the inside of this villa features a mixture of Italian and Art Nouveau styles. It abounds in decors coming from the latter movement as well as the works of Italian artists. It was given Historic Monument listing by French Order on 23 April 1991. Once much bigger, the parklands span an area of approx. 2,000 m² around the residence and still include a lake.
The listed residence
This reinforced concrete villa, spanning two levels, is constructed over cellars. It faces north-south in a longwise direction. The rectangular building is flanked by a turret with corbelling. It features a terrace roof and two pergolas look down on the tower and the entrance to the building. The villa’s symmetrical and geometrical facades are adorned with bow windows. The interior layout of the villa is far from traditional and corresponds to a new way of life. The main living space is laid out on the first floor. The garden level, once reserved for domestic staff, provides guests with privacy. The facade demonstrates a closed-in architecture, completely cut-off from the garden, a configuration often used in the Art Nouveau style.
The garden and the office building with its modern architecture
The garden, once set out as a rose garden, is enclosed by a concrete wall, covered with a decorative trellis and a fresco signed by J-Mayosson, made entirely from mosaic tiles. The lake has been preserved and deserves to be refilled with water. A long, vine-covered pergola isolates the property from the office building, constructed on the edge of the property. This building, featuring modern architecture, spans three levels, topped with a terrace roof, on which stands a pergola that matches the two on the roof of the villa. One wall is curved and predominantly composed of glass tiles. The three levels house offices, spanning a surface area of approx. 450 m², as well as an archive room. The basement has 10 car parking spaces reserved for the offices. The building, entered directly from the street and independent of the property, is currently rented on a commercial lease.
Daring, the height of luxury and quality, such are the words that immediately come to the minds of visitors. An exceptional combination reflecting great perfection. The overall effect of the residence is stunning. Buildings where such stylistic unity has been so well preserved are very rare nowadays. Whilst the architecture and most of the decorative features deliberately reflect the Art Deco style, the stained-glass windows contrast somewhat, with the Art Nouveau style reminiscent of Guimard. (Furthermore, they came from an old property belonging to the owners.)
The somewhat megalomaniac appearance worthy of an emperor would not however discourage genuine aesthetics because the antique references marking the building are known to us.
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