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Numerous architectural elements were restored or simply cleaned. The splendid woodwork by Jean Jacquet was meticulously cleaned by the firm Favre Bulle. The surrounding flat surfaces were repainted in the tint of the sculpted woodwork. The nerves of the mouldings or cornices therefore left untouched.

The wallpaper was studied and dated (circa end of the XVIIIth century) by the museum de Mézières as well as the firm Favre Bulle. It was left in place, dust removed and doubled by tapestry placed at several centimetres so as to leave a small space for the passage of low-tension.

The hexagonal floor tiles in the attic were completed and reunited. The missing pieces were the object of purchase at a recycler of ancient materials, and were put into place without any particular treatment, except for cleansing with soap and sawdust. The wooden floors, consisting of fir or walnut and fir, were cleaned up, carefully pumiced and filled with a drying oil. Today, they are mat, natural and fair.

The ceilings were also restored, the door handles readjusted and missing pieces completed. The radiators and their valves (dating from the 1930’s) were cleaned, verified for impermeability and put back into place.

The single-glazed sash-windows and «à la française» were readjusted and equipped with small joints in order to improve their resistance to air. The windows that were previously condemned, were reopened and manufactured to be indentical to their neighbours.

Classified Manor House from the XVIIIth century

Genève 2008-9



angledroit Architectes & Verena Best