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The Château of Maisons
The Château of Maisons, the most accomplished and best preserved work of the great architect François Mansart, is a perfect illustration of French classical architecture of the 17th century.
The majesty, symmetry, harmony and balance of its form have made this Château one of the great examples of its era. The first "open" château, with its central hall and its open staircase, the Château, built between 1640 and 1650 for René de Longueil, included, even at this early date, the features of a modern...See more
When he divided up the Park of the Château in 1833, Jacques Laffitte limited the area to be developed in order to retain a number of wooded areas. In 1834 he defined specific regulations which are still in force and protect this unique environment.
Development took place quickly but not all the lots were sold until the second Empire (the early 1850's). By the end of the 19th century, it had become a very attractive country resort for the Parisian upper middle class.
Nowadays, the park of Maisons Laffitte covers an area of 1040 acres, 60 % of the total...See more