La Coursicauderie

⑭ La Coursicauderie
This mansion house was acquired in 1972 by the town of Bléré to become the present Town Hall.


To go to stage ⑮ → Take the first street on your left, rue du Carroi aux Gaufres, then to your right, rue de la Châtellenie, and stop at the vineyard lodge.


This house was built for a wealthy Bléré family, Auguste Lemaitre and his wife F. Gaberot. It is on lands called ‘Coursicauderie’ belonging to the Gaberot family, where the Parisian architect E. Fanost built, in 1841, this town house for the Lemaître family.
A few years before the same architect built the Belvedere, both houses having identical domed roofs (cupola) over the staircase.
A large park surrounded the house, part of which still exists.
It was enclosed with high walls and had iron entrance gates opening onto an arced access beside the rue de Loches.

© Photo : droits réservés

The town of Bléré bought this property in 1972, it became the new townhall.
J.Lemaitre, August’s son and later mayor of Bléré, was born there as well as Henri Lemaitre, Jaques grandson, a famous pilot and aero postal pioneer. Raymond Marcel, a future Prelate to Pope Paul 6, was the property caretakers’son.

© Photo : François Cappelle

Who lived in the caretaker’s house ?
1Charles Bidault square and the church of St Christophe 13The Aigremonts mill
2Le Belvedere 14La Coursicauderie
3The Foundry 15A vine lodge
4The Bellevue bank and the bridge over the Cher 16Le Grand-Logis
5Les Crespières 17Bois-Ramé
6The Cher and its needle dams 18The Monks’ house
7Chapel de Seigne 19Paul Racault space
8The cooperative and the demarcation line 20Trade and Cooperative Diary Industry
9The cemetery and its noteworthy tombs 21The lime kilns
10Bois-Pataud 22La Grisolette
11Fief Gentil and the Culoison mill 23The Chateau of Fontenay and the house called ‘du passeur’
12La Courtille wash house 24Les Grandes-Fontaines