Sunday, August 2, 2009

Twin Villas

Villa Parisienne and Villa Française do not face the Channel but are located a block away from the sea-front esplanade which is visible at the top of the street next to Villa Parisienne.

These villas are good examples of the Art Nouveau style popular at the turn of the 20th century in resort towns along the Normandy and Picardie coast and the brick construction popular in the north of France.

Although both were designed by architect Edouard-Jean Niermans in the first decade of the 20th century, at present the color schemes of the ornamental woodwork diametrically differ. Whereas Villa Française's woodwork is painted in earth browns and reds which blend into the brick of the façade, Villa Parisienne's carved balconies, window trim and shutters are in deep forest green with leaf green detailing stand out from the red brick façade.

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