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AiP is actively seeking sponsors. Join us in saving this valuable Viollet le Duc-inspired chapel. Support cultural heritage conservation in France – Sponsor this project
Marie-Christine Maitre de Tarragon
Marie-Christine Maitre de Tarragon is an internationally celebrated artist and sculptor. Her adventurous spirit has taken her throughout the world. Raised in the Chateau de Parthey, she has dedicated many years to the restoration of its heritage, an ongoing process constantly informed by the historical and cultural context of the place.
Marie-Christine shares her life between the Chateau de Parthey and her horse farm in South Carolina. Her lifelong passion for horses is reflected in her artwork and may be viewed on her website.
US$1,590 per week | SGL +US$350
All accommodations are double rooms
Contact us if you require a single room
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Additional Cost Information
All costs are per person per week.
Your fee includes:
- Ground transportation between Dole train station and Chateau de Parthey
- Lodging Sunday-Saturday nights
- Meals from dinner on Sunday of arrival through breakfast on Sunday of departure, except two meals during excursions
- Excursions during your trip dates
- Instruction from on-site expert
All participants are responsible for:
- Travel to Dole
- Visa if required
- Meals during excursions
- Trip insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage. Send AiP proof of purchase.
Chateau Conservation, from Tapestry to Stone
Take up residence at the Chateau de Parthey, document a chapel and restore a tapestry
A Multi-Dimensional Chateau Conservation Project
Join AiP at Chateau de Parthey, transformed by Louis Rouzet in the mid-1800s, an architect believed to be in the employ of famed French conservator Viollet le Duc. This fantastic destination in the Burgundy region of France offers you days filled with learning, touring, and of course, enjoying meals of delicious French cuisine. Bring a friend and lend a hand to conservation efforts.
Viollet le Duc’s somewhat controversial career was assured a place in history after his 1840 restoration of the Ste-Chapelle, Paris, followed by restoration of Notre Dame in Paris in 1844. Le Duc greatly influenced architecture of his time, which is evident in the restoration and change of the Chateau de Parthey.
More than a century and a half later, conservators are again working on the site. AiP jammers will spent part of their day restoring a chateau tapestry and the remainder working on a 19th Century small stone chapel.
Projects and Need
Our primary task is to document the small stone chapel built c. 1860 from the stones of a ruined medieval chapel. The chapel was damaged during WWII and never repaired. In 2015, the roof collapsed, causing dangerous cracking of exterior walls and exposing the interior to the elements.
During a recent site visit, it was determined that the chapel is near collapse and conservation is not possible as it now stands. Documentation, from a safe distance, will be followed by labeling stones and dismantling the chapel, with plans to build a new foundation and rebuild the chapel to historic specifications.
The second task is set inside, where our focus will be on the historic tapestry in the chateau’s Summer Salon. As part of a listed structure, the original tapestries must be left in their current condition, and a linen recreation hung over the original as protection. We will create a new tapestry by painting the decorative design onto fabric. Drawing skills are not required, just precision and patience as you carefully apply special paints to the stenciled pattern. Tapestry conservation work will be led by Marie-Christine Maitre de Tarragon, an accomplished artist.
A third task, if time allows, is restoration of the original wood window frames and the wooden door leading into the salon.
Instruction will be in English andFrench with translation provided. The chapel, along with most of the chateau property, is listed on the Monuments Historiques in France.
More Ways to Help
AiP is actively seeking partnerships with university programs that would like to include the conservation of the Viollet le Duc-inspired chapel as part of their curriculum or as a study abroad option for their students. For interested students, we will work with your university program to provide a learning experience that fulfills requirements for receiving credit. Have your adviser or professor contact us to explore possibilities.
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Lodging and Meals
Your host is Marie-Christine Maitre de Tarragon, current owner of the chateau. It has been her family’s home since 1354.
Arrive Sunday afternoon for your one- or two-week stay. The chateau, still maintained as a private residence, will be your home. Settle in on Sunday at 5pm with a discussion of the week’s activities. All rooms at the chateau are double occupancy suites with shared bathroom. If you would prefer a single room with private bath, or double room with private bath, contact AiP, and a room will be reserved for you at the B&B next door to the chateau at additional cost.
You may arrive at the chateau after 4pm Sunday. If you arrive in the area earlier in the day, enjoy strolling the enchanting streets of Dole.
Meals will be served at the chateau. Breakfast will be fresh fruit from the garden and pastries from the chateau’s baker. Lunch will be basic fare in the chateau or a picnic on the grounds. Work ends around 5 pm and will be followed by a dinner of French cuisine prepared from local fresh produce. All meals, except two meals during excursions, are included in your fee.
Evenings, as always, filled with wonderful food and great company for dinner! — Deborah Rehn, 2014
Saturday will be spent touring the area. One notable stop will be at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, said to be second only to the Louvre.
A late afternoon-evening excursion will take us to nearby scenic locations.
Your project fee of US$1590/week covers most meals and double occupancy lodging with shared bath at the chateau from Sunday evening of arrival through Sunday morning of departure. Also included are instruction and excursions.
If you fly into Paris, you can travel to Dole by train. From Gare de Lyon in Paris, the high-speed train (TGV) takes 2 hours 10 minutes, and costs about 55 euro. There is a train on Sunday that arrives at 5pm. Driving from Paris takes 4 hours 30 minutes on highway A6 and A39.
Another option is to fly into Geneva. The train to Dole takes about 3 hours; driving takes 2 hours. Transportation between the train station in Dole and the chateau is provided on arrival and departure.
Residents of most countries will need only a valid passport to enter France, although citizens of some countries are required to have entry visas. Be sure to check the visa requirements for your country of origin.
High temperatures in August average in the mid to upper 70’s F / around 25 C, and lows average around 60 F / 15 C. Bring clothing that is appropriate for the temperatures and also protective while working.
If you would like assistance with travel arrangements, contact Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters, AiP’s partnering travel agency.
If you have any questions or would like to chat with an AiP staff member about joining this cultural heritage experience, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +1 303-444-0128.