[Photo courtesy of Luc Beelen]
The building is truly exceptional so you can imagine my horror when Bonnie told me last summer that it was scheduled to be demolished. And when I got an email from her recently with the subject line, "That wonderful house in Bez" I was almost certain the news would be bad.
But no, Hôtel Chappaz will be preserved, becoming an annex to the the new Palais de Justice* being built on the block next door.
The fantastic sculptures that ornament the house were done by Béziers' native son Jean-Antonin Injalbert (1845–1933), a sculptor of great national importance.
[All photos courtesy of Luc Beelen]
[Source: Patrimoine de France, photo credit Fatma Alilate 2014]
If you want to see a dozen more photos of Hôtel Chappaz, visit Patrimoine de France's website (in French).
Thanks again to Luc for giving me permission to use his photos.
*In the linked video showing a 3D architectural of the new building titled "Projet Beige" you can catch glimpses of Hôtel Chappaz hiding itself behind some trees.
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