Architectural Digest, October 2013

Source: Architectural Digest

Author: Fernanda Eberstadt/Photos by Eric Piasecki

Timothy Corrigan's Spectacular French Château

The American interior designer buys a neoclassical Loire Valley château and transforms it into an exquisitely aristocratic, exceptionally livable home away from home

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Château du Grand-Lucé, interior designer Timothy Corrigan’s palatial estate in France’s Loire Valley, comes with a lovely legend. In 1781 the surrounding village, built mostly of wood, was destroyed by a fire that started in a bakery. The chatelaine, Louise Pineau de Viennay—a daughter of the residence’s original owner, Jacques Pineau de Viennay, Baron de Lucé, a state councillor under Louis XV—supposedly sheltered the townspeople in her splendid outbuildings while she had their homes and shops reconstructed in tuffeau, the region’s creamy white limestone. Eight years later, when the revolution came, not only was the lady of the house spared (her generosity surely remembered) but so were Grand-Lucé and its treasures, among them a room full of rare chinoiserie murals.

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