Château de Carnelle, France

Chateau de Carnelle

Chateau de Carnelle is an ornate mansion in France, set in the extensive grounds of a disused hospital complex. Beautiful on the outside and being restored inside.

Visited May 2014 France Renovation in progress

History

Chateau de Carnelle is located within the grounds of a large hospital complex, now completely disused. The Hospital Carnelle is located within an area of forest; the land was donated by the monks of Saint-Denis by Charles V. The land changed hands many times over the centuries. The last land owner was the Duke of Massa who rebuilt the castle in 1880. The castle design is a copy of Château de Maison-Laffite in the Mansard style. Along with the castle, the buildings also included a chapel, a theatre, an orangery, a rotunda and a common. The park also includes several greenhouses, and is home to over 100 different species of trees, many of which are rare.

The Duke donated his estate to the city of Paris and the castle was converted into a sanatorium and the first patients were admitted in 1930. New buildings were added over the years including a surgery and a ward comprising over 500 beds. The discovery of drugs to treat tuberculosis led to a dramatic decline in the number of admissions to the hospital.

Foreseeing this recession, in 1966 the medical director Dr. Kerambrun undertook a project to convert the sanatorium into a dietary and guidance service. Opening in 1970 the facility had 60 individual rooms and was operational until 1992. [1]

A renovation project is currently taking place to restore the building and put it back into use.

Chateau de Carnelle - Front of the impressive building
Chateau de Carnelle – Front of the impressive building
Chateau de Carnelle - External as we approach
Chateau de Carnelle – External as we approach
Chateau de Carnelle - In the distance with planters in front
Chateau de Carnelle – In the distance with planters in front
Chateau de Carnelle - Through the trees
Chateau de Carnelle – Through the trees
Chateau de Carnelle - Front elevation
Chateau de Carnelle – Front elevation
Chateau de Carnelle - The rotunda with a statue inside
Chateau de Carnelle – The rotunda with a statue inside
Chateau de Carnelle - Sunburst and front of building
Chateau de Carnelle – Sunburst and front of building
Chateau de Carnelle - Front view with the lion guardians
Chateau de Carnelle – Front view with the lion guardians
Chateau de Carnelle - One of the lion guardians in front of the house
Chateau de Carnelle – One of the lion guardians in front of the house
Chateau de Carnelle - Close-up of front door showing the buildings detailing
Chateau de Carnelle – Close-up of front door showing the buildings detailing
Chateau de Carnelle - The main staircase inside - prepared for rennovation
Chateau de Carnelle – The main staircase inside – prepared for rennovation
Chateau de Carnelle - Wider view of the entrance hall with building materials piled up
Chateau de Carnelle – Wider view of the entrance hall with building materials piled up
Chateau de Carnelle - Heading up the stairs
Chateau de Carnelle – Heading up the stairs
Chateau de Carnelle - View across the main staircase
Chateau de Carnelle – View across the main staircase
Chateau de Carnelle - Detailing above the staircase
Chateau de Carnelle – Detailing above the staircase
Chateau de Carnelle - Another view of the ornate ceiling and columns
Chateau de Carnelle – Another view of the ornate ceiling and columns
Chateau de Carnelle - A room beginning it's restoration
Chateau de Carnelle – A room beginning it’s restoration
Chateau de Carnelle - A fireplace being restored
Chateau de Carnelle – A fireplace being restored
Chateau de Carnelle - Another grand room
Chateau de Carnelle – Another grand room
Chateau de Carnelle - Staircase leading to second floor
Chateau de Carnelle – Staircase leading to second floor
Chateau de Carnelle - Rear elevation
Chateau de Carnelle – Rear elevation
Chateau de Carnelle - View across the front of the building
Chateau de Carnelle – View across the front of the building

References

1. Source: http://www.ch-carnelle.fr/index.php/presentation/historique

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