Trouville-sur-Mer: Building the Parisian Riviera

How the ‘nouveau riche’ built grand villas to display their wealth in Trouville-sur-Mer, France. Photo (c) Kevin THIBAUD - OT Trouville-sur-Mer.
How the ‘nouveau riche’ built grand villas to display their wealth in Trouville-sur-Mer, France. Photo (c) Kevin THIBAUD - OT Trouville-sur-Mer.

Exploring how the ‘nouveau riche’ built grand villas to display their wealth in France's Trouville-sur-Mer.

Trouville-sur-Mer is the perfect example of a French seaside resort which developed in the 19th century when the wealthy left the capitals of Europe to spend summer on the coast. The legacy from that period is the quantity of impressive seaside villas.

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Architecture in France

Charles Mozin's villa is in the shape of a fortified castle, complete with a round tower and crenellations.
Charles Mozin's villa is in the shape of a fortified castle, complete with a round tower and crenellations.

Architects and owners worked together to create buildings which would be unique and stand out from the neighbours. A very good example is the Villa Honoré, built in 1866 and named after its owner, who was a rich exchange broker in Paris. Michèle Clément is a tourist guide in the Calvados resort and an expert on the different villas. She said: “Nineteenth-century architecture was eclectic. For the first time, with the arrival of the railways, people could travel more easily and they would bring back ideas from new places they had visited. In this villa there are Renaissance ...

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