Two Houses on the Rue des Carmes in Orleans Definitely Protected

18/3/13 - Heritage - Orleans, rue des Carmes - It’s true ! The prefect today signed the orders listing two of the houses on the rue des Carmes, which the mayor of the city, Serge Grouard, wished to destroy in order to redesign the area, a project which consisted in demolishing an entire section of the street whose buildings range from the 15th to the 18th century, certain cellars even dating back as far as the 13th century.

1. Benoit Lebrun (1754-1819)
Building at 45, rue des Carmes
Photo : Didier Rykner (2010)

2. 59, rue des Carmes, Orléans
a 16th century house
Photo : Didier Rykner (2010)

The two houses are located at n° 45 and 59 on the street (ill. 1 and 2). We should remember that the other houses are still protected temporarily due to the application for listing. Whatever the outcome of the latter, the alignment project for the rue des Carmes is no longer possible. Neither of these two houses, which are entirely listed (including the cellars) may be demolished or moved.
Given that we learned this welcome news at a late hour, we were not able to reach city hall to have their reaction. No doubt they will protest vociferously.
We should of course underscore the very positive initiative taken by the French Ministry of Culture, as well as the Architecte des Bâtiments de France who had refused to sign the construction permits, all contrary to ZPPAUP rulings (still applicable).
We would also like to commend, once more, the action of both the local associations (Aux Armes Citoyens has been fighting for several years to achieve this result) and national organizations (here again, the SPPEF was in the forefront, bringing a suit against the declaration of public utility). We would add that this type of victory also justifies our choice, since The Art Tribune was first created, almost ten years ago exactly, of a type of journalism committed to defending our heritage. Over the past few years we have published five articles about the rue des Carmes in Orleans and we know that they have also contributed in achieving this wise decision.

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Didier Rykner, jeudi 21 mars 2013

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