under the benevolent protection of the Pope’s Palace
This house, within the ramparts, at the foot of the Pope’s Palace, nestles at the end of a narrow, no-through road, between Porte-de-la-Ligne, Place-des-Carmes and Place-Carnot. The district is sought-after for its peace and quiet, far from the bustling shopping streets, whilst but a stone’s throw from all businesses and cultural activities.
The town of Avignon has an airport, two stations, including one for TGV trains, and a very recent, much-appreciated tramway which helps to reduce traffic in the historic centre and provides links to the suburbs beyond the city walls.
The current house bears witness to a division in its midst between a building dating from before the 19th century on the courtyard side, notably shown by a wide, semi-circular arch on the ground floor, and numerous underpinnings reused in the current building, most probably from buildings belonging to the old Cardinal’s palace which once extended as far as this site.
Its south-facing road facade is a guarantee of pleasant sunshine, whilst the presence of a car garage on the ground floor is highly appreciable in a particularly dense town centre.
The artist’s studio
Nowadays, this house is ingeniously divided into two naturally intercommunicating flats, with separate entrances if so required.
Its recent restoration was devoted to preserving many of its original features. A large atrium window, on the road side, bears witness to its use as an artist’s studio whilst the ground floor of the townhouse, on the courtyard side, features vaults and its first floor, illuminated by tall mullioned windows, still has an elegant stone fireplace, topped with a mantel, extending up to the ceiling with its exposed joists.
The ground floor houses a garage flanked on either side by two pedestrian doors providing access, on the one hand, to the studio flat and, on the other, to the artist’s studio laid out on the first and second floors. The studio flat is a 43 m² suite, with an open-plan kitchen area and a shower room, with a separate toilet, receiving light on the courtyard side via a wide picture window.
Reached via one of the two pedestrian doors, the first floor comprises, on the one hand, the old artist’s studio and, on the other, a suite of rooms in the midst of the house laid out as a kitchen and a living room overlooking the courtyard. The artist’s studio is widely illuminated by a south-facing atrium window which extends from the floor up to the eaves and partially continues along the lower section of the roof, whilst the two other adjoining rooms overlooking the courtyard are set below the rooms on the top floor. The living room overlooking the courtyard, illuminated via a French window and a mullioned window features a superb example of exposed ceiling joists, bearing witness to a construction that clearly dates from before the conversion of the artist’s studio during the 20th century.
The top floor of the house can be reached via a little stairway, going up from the artist’s studio to three bedrooms laid out under the rafters, together with two shower rooms with separate toilets.
No insalubrious Mansard in Avignon’s Bohemian way of life, but a house which was once the studio of a renowned local painter. Who knows if he shared it with a Colline, a Rodolfo, a Marcello or a Schaunard, the characters of Henri-Murger’s play, set to music by Giacomo-Puccini. However, if one thing is sure it is the fact that these premises now not only lend themselves to the staging of a cheerful way of life, steeped in light, but are also an ideal place for creating, under the protective wing of the ramparts of Provence’s Pope City.
|Land registry surface area||100 m2|
|Main building surface area||184 m2|
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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.