Hope to save France’s first concrete house

Descendants of an industrialist who built the world’s first reinforced concrete house for himself have got together to save it from ruin and give it a new lease of life.

The house, in the Saint-Denis suburb of Paris, was built in 1853 by François Coignet, a maker of products such as glue, chemical fertilisers – and concrete.

Mr Coignet pioneered the use of prefabricated and reinforced concrete in ...

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