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Château de Brissac

(Maine et Loire, Pays de Loire)
$20,000 Dallas Chapter

grants_chateau-de-brissacChâteau de BrissacThe Château de Brissac was first built in the 15th century as a medieval fortress. Its Louis XIII style façade, begun in the early 17th century, but never completed, is flanked by two medieval towers that remain from the original construction. Its stylistic contrasts make it one of the most unusual châteaux in all of France. Today, the magnificent Brissac is a half-constructed new château and a half-destroyed old château. Charles-André de Brissac, the Château’s dynamic owner, took on the family tradition and daunting task of continuing the restoration of this monumental property.

Over the past two decades, he has tenaciously carried out ten major restoration campaigns and has solicited and received the support of the State and the region. The project seeks to further its impact by promoting preservation and tourism throughout the Anjou region. The Château is open to the public as a bed and breakfast and also offers theater and flower festivals. FHS’ recent support involves grants to repair the ‘super structure’ of the northern wing as well as repairs of the roof, gutters, stonework and chimney.

Trip Information

For more information concerning these trips, contact the New York Office or call (212) 759-6846.

Cercle des Amis Benefits

The Cercle des Amis organizes specially created trips and activities in Paris for Ambassadors', Chairman’s Circle and Patron level donors, providing a personalized welcome to exclusive venues and homes in and around Paris.

The Cercle des Amis offers customized behind-the-scenes opportunities to explore France’s cultural treasures.

It introduces French Heritage Society donors to the individuals who own and protect these historic places. Activities range from private visits to châteaux and elegant Parisian homes to artisans’ studios.

The Cercle des Amis is led by devoted French Heritage Society organizer Astrid Stanfield-Pinel in France.