French Heritage Society’s Paris Chapter organizes a variety of social events for its French and visiting American members. These include ‘Cultural Cocktails’ with guest lecturers in private Parisian apartments; special ‘behind-the-scenes’ visits to select destinations and restoration projects; gala dinners and prestigious fundraising events; workshops; and cultural excursions outside of Paris.
Proceeds from Chapter benefits have been designated for specific grants that members have voted to support. The Paris Chapter has raised funds for restoration projects including The American Cathedral in Paris; and Château de Vixouze in France; as well as providing significant support to projects in New Orleans as part of FHS’s Katrina Heritage Rescue Fund.
For further information or to learn more about Membership, please contact the Paris Chapter directly.
LES SERRES DU SÉNAT, Tuesday, May 5th at 2:30 PM, “Porte des Lions” dans le Jardin du Luxembourg, Price: 45€
Marie-Thérèse Lepage arranged for us a very exclusive visit of the Jardin du Luxembourg greenhouses.
This is a unique opportunity as they are open to the public only once a year during the European Heritage Days.
SORTIE DE PRINTEMPS CHÂTEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU, Wednesday, May 20th at 9:00 AM,
Meeting Point: Bus, Place du Trocadéro, Between avenue Georges Mandel and avenue Paul Doumer, Price: 100€
Isabelle de Gourcuff, General Administrator will welcome us to the Château de Fontainebleau. We will admire some of the latest restorations among which the sumptuous Imperial Theâtre.
Christophe Beyeler, Commissioner and chief curator of Patrimony will take us through the exhibit featuring Pie VII and Napoléon, many pieces of which come from the Vatican. We will see the Pavillon de l’Étang, to which French Heritage Society gave a $60 000 grant for its 30th anniversary.
VISITE DU CHANTIER DE RESTAURATION DE L’OPÉRA GARNIER, Thursday, June 4th at 3:30 PM, 8 rue Scribe (à côté de la statue de Charles Garnier), 75009, Price: 45€
We will visit the site of one of the most legendary monuments of Paris, the Opera Garnier. Pascal Prunet, chief architect of historical monuments, will grant us the great privilege to take us on the north facade restoration sites of which he is responsible: stone siding with major replacement stone top; Sculpture restored including masks chimneys; Wood carpentry refurbished according to identical layout; Restored coverage; Lead and cast iron gutters dressing restored. He will also tell us about its sites under studies : the east façade, the glass roof and the Glacier Gallery.
French Heritage Society Au Cœur du Patrimoine, Thursday, March 19th
Photos: © Dominique Biarnès