January 03, 2013

Antoine Puéo, Maison fleurie/House with flowers



The Midi Lbre, a journal from southern France, on december 17, 2012 had an article¹ saying that La "Maison Fleurie" vit ses derniers jours" (the flowered house has its last days).

A plan to widen the street where the house is situated, implies that it has to be demolished.

About the decorated house in the Rue Gambetta in Lézagnan-Corbières, a narrow street indeed, not much has been published in writing or on the internet. but it must have been depicted on a large number of postcards.

on the left a small part of the decorated house
picture via Google streetview

The article in the Midi Libre has some details, as related by Marie-José Puig (1951), grand-daughter of Antoine Puéo (1892/1965).

Life and works

She says her grandfather, born in Spain, came to France at a rather young age (maybe around 1900 or so, my guess), to become trained as a mason.

Puéo became the owner of the house in the rue Gambetta in the early 1940's and soon he began reconstructing it, adding additional floors, replacing balusters and decorating the facade with mosaics and shells and with sculptures he made himself.

Through the years the house also has been embellished with natural plants and flowers, which induced the name Maison fleurie 


Marie-José Puig for many years lived in the house and eventually she became its owner. In 2001 she sold the property to the municipality.


Actual situation

In september 2016 the house still was extant, as demonstrated by photographs made by Sophie Lepetit as published on her weblog

Documentation
* Link to the Midi Libre newspaper article (in french)
* Weblog by Jean-Michel Chesné with a picture postcard of the facade
* Weblog De l´art improbable aux jardins insolites dans l´Aude et les environs, november 2013, with pictures from the family 
* Weblog by Sophie Lepetit (march 2017) with links to documentation and pictures of the house in september 2016

note
¹  I am indebted to Michel Leroux who found the newspaper article and to Jean-Michel Chesné who wrote about it on his weblog

first published jan 2013, revised jan 2014. march 2017

Antoine Puéo
Maison Fleurie
Rue Gambetta
Lézignan-Corbières, Languedoc-Roussillon area, France
to be demolished

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