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Villa Cavrois

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Address: 60 avenue du President Kennedy, 59170 Croix, France
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+33 3 28 32 36 10
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10:30 - 17:30
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Wed - Mon 10:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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An architectural manifesto, Villa Cavrois, the work of architect Robert...

An architectural manifesto, Villa Cavrois, the work of architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, a figure of the modernist school, was designed and built in Croix between 1929 and 1932 for Paul Cavrois, a textile industrialist from the Nord department, and his family. Listed as a historical monument in 1990 thanks to citizen mobilisation, and acquired by the State in 2001, the huge restoration project implemented in 2003 by the DRAC Nord-Pas-de Calais and then taken over by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux in 2008 will be completed in 2015.

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If I were a rich man...

... Then I would take a good look at what a magnificent restoration could do to a hopelessly ruined building. Mr. Cavrois was very much a (very) rich man. And his architect was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 February 2017
TravelPige0n
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Toulouse, France
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Lille, France
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a house. I'm usually not this blunt, but frankly, there is not much to see there. The rooms are mostly empty - and even though it is interesting to see the architect's vision and especially the installations (bathroom, kitchen - very modern for their time), that is about it. They could use all that space for exhibitions or... More 

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Toulouse, France
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

... Then I would take a good look at what a magnificent restoration could do to a hopelessly ruined building. Mr. Cavrois was very much a (very) rich man. And his architect was very rich in ideas. I'm not going to write about the site, there are enough ravenous reviews here, if you are not convinced after reading them, then... More 

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villacavrois, Responsable relations publiques at Villa Cavrois, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very positive review! More 

Toulouse, France
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54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

This private house (or castle as it was known locally because of its huge size) was commissioned to famous architect Robert Mallet-Stevens by the rich industrialist Paul Cavroix in 1929, and was the family house until 1985, with many damages from being occupied in WWII. An exhaustive restoration plan carried over 15 years for a total cost in excess of... More 

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Thank Wistou
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Drove to this national estate building. It is in a suburban street with on street parking. 8 euro well spent. Restored with 23 million euro this is an excellent example of a French attention to detail. Wonderful walk through. There is a movie in the basement that you should see to explain the work. We spent two hours and were... More 

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Bruges, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

The villa Carvois is so much more than an architectural masterpiece from between the 2 World Wars. An architectural manifesto, Villa Cavrois, the work of architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, a figure of the modernist school, was designed and built in Croix between 1929 and 1932 for Paul Cavrois, a textile industrialist from the Nord department, and his family. This construction is... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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650 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

One of the rare occasions one would like to rate a six (unmissable). I could rave on for hours, but the pictures tell more than these reviews. Friendly staff, a good bookshop, a good informative documentary (English subtitles) in the cellar. Only 5 km away from the equally stunning museum La Piscine in Roubaix (different days, check the websites). Left... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Despite being familiar with the area I had never previously heard of the Villa Cavrois, opened to the public last year after several years of restoration. Constructed of vibrant yellow brick the external appearance is part castle, part factory, part pavilion, part film set, wholly unique. The contrast with adjacent conventional, bourgeois mansions is striking. Inside, the main rooms are... More 

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Thank Peter R
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This is worth visiting if you are planning a grand or even trivial design. It is the worst designed house I have ever visited. It looks OK from the outside, but inside ! Large corridors, stupidly small rooms, inadequate staircase - and even bidets on wheels! The architect should have been shot. However, it will give you lots to think... More 

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Thank you for sharing! The Villa Cavrois is an historical monument and an artistic manifesto from a famous architect. More than 200,000 visitors have discovered the site, the story of the family, the quality of the restoration. You could have focused on the saving of the building by the french state, or on the really innovative installations for a 1932... More 

St Albans, Herts
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75 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We visited on the recommendation of the ticket collector at Lille station and loved every minute. This really is a hidden gem - a beautifully restored art nouveau house in beautiful grounds. We took the more difficult way there - the metro from Lille to La Croix - and a 2 mile walk along residential streets. A better way is... More 

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Brussels
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Very impressive house ! Modernity from the beginning of the past century; a must if you pass to the north of france

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