17 October, 2013

The Hôtel Bessonneau, sold at auctions in 2014

An important property of the Conseil général de Maine-et-Loire, the Bessonneau mansion, will be sold at auctions next year. Through internet, candidates will be able to make an offer on March 25, 26 and 27 and even make higher bids, anonymously. The opening bid is € 1.2 million. The best bid will be submitted to the Conseil général and the deeds will be signed at the end of 2014.

This building, erected in 1863, is considered as a jewel of the "Belle Epoque". Its architecture was influenced by parisian mansions. The front side, with a usual passage for the coach driver, refers to the Renaissance and the French XVIIth century. The interiors are splendid and raise the Bessonneau mansion as one of the most exceptional monuments of Angers. It was bought in 1883 by Julien Bessonneau, an Angers manufacturer in spinnings whose company disappeared in 1966, overwhelmed by the synthetic fibres. The company had employed until 10 000 persons in Angers.

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The "Belle Epoque" was a a period of French history which took place between two wars, those of 1870 and those of 1914. Occuring during the IIIrd French Republic, it was characterized by optimism, peace at home and in Europe, new technologies and scientific discoveries. Peace and prosperity allowed the arts to flourish. That period was named retrospectively "Belle Epoque" when it began to be considered as a "golden age", in contrasts to the horrors of World War I.

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