Part of the Audio tour took us into the suburbs of Nancy - to Saurupt to see some really gorgeous Art Nouveau houses.
This is the Villa Henri-Emmanuel Lang (1905-1906), the architect was Lucien Weissenburger.
Audrey : It is all the details that make these houses so lovely ... and like us, those Art Nouveau artistes liked towers and turrets.
Audrey : They also liked wonderfully fancy chimneys.
Lillian : This villa has lots of different wall treatments - render, dressed stone, rough stone for the outer wall & striped brickwork.
|Brickwork, tiles & lead-light|
Round the side - this bow window with a balcony on top and fantastic wood-work.
Audrey : Reminds me of a pirate ship somehow ...
Well the next house we saw was the Villa Marguerite, 1903-05 - the architects were Joseph Hornecker (he also designed Nancy's Opera House) & Henri Gutton.
Lillian : A tower, balconies and just about every shape of window you can think of!
Audrey : Such pretty iron-work and an oval port-hole.
This dates from 1902 - 04, designed by Émile André.
Glycine is French for Wisteria - but the Wisteria was across the road - growing all over the Villa Les Roches ...
Lillian : Trans. The Rocks - appropriate as the walls of this house are of undressed stone. Émile André. was the architect of this house too - it is very different from its 'sister' across the road.
Lillian : Les Roches had a painted frieze under the eaves - unfortunately now rather faded.
Audrey : Our people looked for this last building for ages and had given up trying to find it when ... there it was!
Maison Geschwindammer, 1905, by Henri Gutton & Joseph Hornecker (like the Villa Marguerite).
It has gorgeous mosaic - with golden tiles.
|Iron-work at main door-way|
Lillian : The details as you look up - from that main door-way
Lillian : This is the balcony in front of the window that is framed by the lovely mosaic - ceramic (I think) with poppy heads. In our next post we'll show some more architectural details - some Art Nouveau, some Art Deco ...