Back to the 17th century for the Hôtel de la Marine
After restoration work lasting more than 3 years, the Hôtel de la Marine has reopened its doors. Under the direction of Christophe Bottineau, Chief Architect of the Monuments Historiques, and the decorators Joseph Achkar and Michel Charrière, five companies of the Ateliers De France group participated in this incredible project, the aim of which was to restore the Hôtel de la Marine as it was in the 18th century.
H. Chevalier was involved in the first phase of the work, which concerned the façades and roofs and aimed to restore the building to its original volumes. The company took charge of the removal of the lead and the complete restoration of the exterior facades, as well as the 4 interior courtyards (hydro-gumming, repointing, joints, stone plugs, cutting and laying of new stones, lime plastering, patinas, etc.). The Atelier Chevalier companion restored the trophies, pediments and more generally all the sculpted parts.
After the restoration of the façades of the Hôtel de Crillon, the Automobile Club and the Hôtel de Coislin, the façades of the Hôtel de la Marine were the last façades of the Place de la Concorde that were missing from H. Chevalier‘s list of achievements. In the 2000s, they also restored the Fontaine des Mers and the Fontaine des Fleuves, the rostral columns and the balustrades of the Place de la Concorde!
Atelier Mériguet-Carrère was also involved in the restoration of the 18th century gilding and paintings in the Intendant’s flat. Atelier Arcoa took care of the restoration of the door tops and bas-reliefs.
The Atelier Louis Del Boca team restored all the staff ceilings and plaster ornaments in all the heritage areas.