The Rotting Rothschild Mansion Of Paris

The Rothschilds are legendary as one of the greatest European banking families ever. They own grand estates and Chateaus throught the world that are well-known for anything but squalor, ruin or decay. However just outside of Paris, walking distance from Metro Jean Jaurès Line 10, standing quietly behind a thick wall of shrubbery and overgrowth is the haunting, ghostly figure of the Chateau Rothschild.

The neo-Louis XIV estate house has been abandoned since the World War II when the Rothschild family fled to England. Germans would inhabit and plunder the house during the four-year Nazi occupation of Paris. After the city’s liberation, the U.S. army were the next tenants at the Chateau Rothschild. The Rothschilds never returned to their home which has been left to rot, crumble and deteriorate.

This once palatial estate was built to reflect the Rothschild wealth and fortune. It boasted a regal English garden with picturesque waterfalls and beautiful indoor frescoes by Eugène Lami. For over eight years James Rothschild and his wife Betty, hosted the most lavish parties of the time within these walls.

Their guests and party goers would include great artists of the day like Rossini, Chopin, Balzac, and Delacroix as well as, a who’s who of the financial and political world.

Chopin even dedicated his Valse Op. 64, N° 2 in C sharp minor to their daughter Charlotte.

As the champagne flowed while the laughter and music rang through the halls, it would have been impossible to imagine that the this great estate house, the Chateau de Rothschild would be doomed to become a playground for vermin, graffiti artists and vandals.

Sources:

http://www.messynessychic.com

http://www.urban-exploration.com

https://www.wikipedia.org/

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What Does Drywall Repair And California Have In Common?

Answer: The “California Patch”! (AKA: the no cladding patch). Very cool!

‘Yes’, this is the second video we’ve posted by Lowe’s and ‘No’ we are not getting paid. We just call ’em the way we see ’em and this video is the best we found on the subject.

What do we like? First of all, although we are Americans in Paris, we have never even HEARD of the California Patch. This is ingenious because a typical drywall repair solution includes: cutting all the way to the studs on either side or using a wood 1×3″ or similar backing to reinforce the whole. Then you need drywall tape, screws, and a screw gun plus the drywall plaster, drywall knives etc… This is an elegant solution.

Also, we like the way they show in the beginning that they are taking the extra step to protect the floor. Drywall dust footprints can and will follow you all over the house. Try to wipe them up with a sponge and you just created your very own ‘dust fun cloud streak’. Whether it’s a complete renovation or small repair; a clean job site is a happy job site.

Plus, they go into drop dead easy moves for textured finishes and if you live in Paris you sure see alot of those. Move over enduit wall texture specialist dude. Got it covered.

Lastly, the video is well produced. No fast cuts or over the top Heavy Metal sound track. The music and image flow is smooth and very Zen, the way a good carpenters mind set should always be!

Well done Lowe’s. Keep up the good work!

Renovation sites in paris

This is a video of just a handful of jobsites and renovation projects we have been on over the past few years in and around Paris.