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.
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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