Update: Eileen Gray’s e-1027 house as of summer 2009

Photo: Vibeke Jakobsen. Eileen Gray's e1027 house, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

See a previous post for more information on this famous modernist house by Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray. There has been a lot of concern about the house’s survival, but as these recent photos by my Danish internet friend Vibeke Jakobsen show, it’s safely undergoing restoration. The house looks so much better – compare these to the photos in the previous post. The house is a major historical site and an important piece of architecture, but despite its fame in architectural circles, it’s a lot less publicly known than it should be. Is that because the architect was a woman? According to Patricia O’Reilly, who has written about the house, it’s undergoing “a €800,000 re-vamp with architect Gattier remaining close to Eileen Gray’s original concept, such as the black and white tiles; inbuilt furniture and footsteps cut out of stone staircase leading to roof terrace. But it has to be said that the focus of attention is on LeCorbusier’s murals and they seem to be the reason for this re-furbishment.” Le Corbusier was fascinated by the house, painted murals on it against Gray’s will, and died swimming just offshore from it – that’s why you see his memorial stone here, and there is a nearby promenade named after him. Thanks, Vibeke, for letting me post these photos here! The architecture nerds will be very happy.

Photo: Vibeke Jakobsen. Eileen Gray's e1027 house, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

Photo: Vibeke Jakobsen. Eileen Gray's e1027 house, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

Photo: Vibeke Jakobsen. Eileen Gray's e1027 house, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

Photo: Vibeke Jakobsen. Eileen Gray's e1027 house, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

Photo: Vibeke Jakobsen. Eileen Gray's e1027 house, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

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5 Responses to “Update: Eileen Gray’s e-1027 house as of summer 2009”

  1. Norman Ashton Says:

    Can the house be visited and if so who does one contact please?

  2. Louise Clark Says:

    I live just nearby this house and would love to have a look at it. I can’t seem to find an exact location though. Also, is it being renovated privately or (as I understood) as a council/governement effort?

  3. LB Says:

    Louise, I understand there’s some state funding. And I don’t know the exact location. Patricia, do you know?

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  5. Peter Shep Says:

    Four recent (mid 2012) shots starting:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/peteshep/7646886464/in/set-72157630755648788
    P 🙂

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