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Public housing in Melbourne Victoria.

Hard to make it uglier, or less inviting! Marginally better than the pre-WWII slums though ...

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Unusual architecture for socal beachtowns, yet...
 

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Three images from yesterday's photo trip on the lookout for modern architecture in Amersfoort/The Netherlands

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Buffalo Historical Museum ...
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Château de Montvaillant by Andrew Priest, on Flickr

We walked past this castle without any inclination to its history. It is unclear as to the age of the building, but historical records related to the land go back to 1243. A couple of snippets of its history (translated from French follow).

‘The estate remained in this family for two centuries and, in 1542, was entrusted to Sieur Claude Delaporte, merchant of Anduze, who remained the vassal of the Count of Beaufort and had to pay each year to the Saint-André, a sum of 10 floors held in hand, and two knees on the ground, without carrying a sword, to pay tribute to the Counts of Alès. This ceremony did last, since in 1634 the son of Auban and Catherine Delaporte, noble Jean de Petit, Lord of Boisset, paid tribute to the Countess of Alès, Charlotte de Montmorency.’

‘A family arrangement attributed the property to Mrs. de Montvaillant. The name Montvaillant already appears in Florac in 1579, while Jean de Castel, Sieur de Montvaillant, lived here, there is still a castle in Montvaillant in the Prunet Hall, a nearby hamlet of Florac. It was a "Rieu", a lawyer in the time of Louis XV, who bought the title from one of his descendants. The Rieu de Montvaillant family was known in Anduze and Mialet. The door of the castle still bears its coat of arms today "From the mouths 1 to three spears of gold in pal 2 summoned by three besants 3 likewise".

J. P. Rieu de Montvaillant was a magistrate, advisor to the Court of Nimes, and at the same time an artist, in love with painting where he excelled. His son, a lawyer at the Paris bar, was mayor of Boisset and Gaujac. A former fellow of Mistral, he was known for his poetic work. He died at the age of 79 in 1906 and his son Alfred inherited the castle he sold, to pay his debts in 1932 to a retired pastor, Mr. Brunel, who in turn sold it in November 1940 to Mr. Elie Cohen.

The castle, now a children's house, served during the war as a place of passage and refuge for many Jewish children, and then an association in Avignon made it a holiday colony.
In 1948, the Confederation of the Gard of Veterans and Victims of War purchased the property and turned it into a nursing home opened in 1952. It was bought in 1997 by the Works and Institutions of the Deaconesses of Reuilly (O.I.D.R.) which installed a House specialized in the reception of people with Alzheimer's disease.

In practical terms, as far as buildings are concerned, a stilt visible at the western corner reminds us that this house has a very ancient history.’

Chemin de Stevenson-2018-D10-14: Day 10 of 12 – Florac to Gare de Cassagnas: Walking the Chemin de Stevenson (#GR70 Robert Louis Stevenson Trail) in the south of France.
 

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This structure started out as the Imperial Tobacco Company of Britain and Ireland from 1903 - 1923. Now it's used as a Children 's Museum and Arts Centre and located in Rocky Mount, NC.

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Chateau Panloy, at Port d'Envaux in the Charente Maritime, western France. Ten yards behind me is the river Charente, from which much of the wealth used to build this chateau derived.

This photograph shows one half of the front facade of the building. I suspect there may be more than one vacuum-cleaner in the cupboard.

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I'm trying to figure out what is going on in this picture. Is this reflective glass on the right, or the left? Very mind-bending.
To be honest, can't remember exactly. But surely must be a reflective (glass ?) panel on the left side, bordered up and down by non-reflective panels. Somewhere above or below the reflective panel it was set the company logo - that's for sure what I can remember. And the reflected building is, actually, this one .
 
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