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Statue of George Washington and Gardens of the Hôtel de Clerjotte Museum

Saint-Martin-de-Ré (Charente Maritime)

grants_statue-washingtonTo provide the appropriate distinguished setting for the statue of George Washington and the medallion of his ancestor Nicolas Martiau, French Heritage Society is sponsoring the creation of the gardens of the Hôtel de Clerjotte, in partnership with the city of Saint-Martin-de-Ré.

In these gardens, the statue of George Washington, a bronze replica of Houdon’s masterpiece, will feature on its pedestal a medallion of Nicolas Martiau, born on the Ile de Ré in 1591. This statue, paying homage to the French roots of the first President of the United States, will be inaugurated at a special ceremony on October 11, 2007.

The Hôtel de Clerjotte dates from the end of the 15th century. The “corps de logis” and the southeast tower are in Flamboyant Gothic style with wings in late Renaissance style resting on a series of basket-handle arcades. Purchased in 1959 by the city, the Hôtel de Clerjotte was restored to house the Ernest Cognacq collection. The “Aile de Clerjotte”, a modern temporary exhibition space, was built in 2006.

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.