Restoration: The Pond Pavilion
A tale of leisure at Fontainebleau Among the hidden treasures of the Château de Fontainebleau, the Pond Pavilion has long caught the eye of visitors with its romantic allure. This gazebo, situated on an islet in the middle of the Carp Pond, was designed by architect Louis Le Vau for Louis XIV and built in 1662. With its extraordinary panoramic view of the château, pond, and royal gardens, the structure provided an excellent setting for light meals, entertainment, and relaxation during the time of the French monarchy and well into the 19th century, during the First and Second Empire. Frequenters also found themselves surrounded by a myriad of leisurely activities as fanciful boats glided on the pond. Inside, a rich painted décor by Charles Moench flaunts multi-coloured birds, butterflies, fruits, and botanical elements. Urgent repairs needed The pavilion's particular setting has also exposed the structure to serious hazards and complicated repairs. Unfortunately, the irreversible loss of the painted décors is a real possibility . Rising damp has caused substantial damage to stonework – especially the foundation, exterior paving, and interior tiles – as well as the painted wood paneling. Works done in recent years have improved the general condition of the pavilion, but a complete restoration is necessary to save this treasure for posterity. The restoration project concerns the pavilion in its entirety and addresses both structural issues and the artistic elements. Get involved, help preserve this pearl! The Pond Pavilion is a unique relic of leisurely activities at Fontainebleau and an inseparable part of the Carp Pond. We are calling on the Château's devotees to ensure that this centuries-old pearl continues to inspire and provide relaxation.
Once restored, the pavilion will open for special visits. It could also be the perfect destination for your future private dinner, cocktail, or tea.
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