The Stables of the Palais du Rhin no Longer for Sale

Hermann Eggert (1844-1920)
Stables of the Palais du Rhin
Photo : D. R.

4/7/12 - Sale of Monuments - Strasbourg, Stables of the Palais du Rhin - We have often said here that although certain historical monuments belonging to the State did not necessarily have to remain property of the government (notably private residences), other listed buildings should continue to belong to everyone due to their history or importance to national heritage.
A proposed bill thrown back and forth in discussions between the Assemblée Nationale and the Senate had not been approved finally (see news item of 27/1/11) but there are signs indicating that it might resurface. And it is about time it did.

In the meantime, following the affair of the Hôtel de la Marine, there is cause for associations and other heritage supporters to celebrate a second victory in their fight against the indifference of the government : the stables of the Palais du Rhin (see here, in French) will no longer be sold and the announcement of the sale has been discreetly withdrawn from the site of France Domaine, the department of the French Ministry of Finance in charge of these operations.
This planned sale was unacceptable for two reasons : first of all because the palace houses the Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d’Alsace and that it is after all logical that this agency be located on the premises of a historical monument which it helps to maintain and restore, and also because the stables belong historically and architecturally to the overall ensemble, making their dissociation incomprehensible.

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Didier Rykner, vendredi 6 juillet 2012

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