LOUIS, Victor
(b. 1731, Paris, d. ca. 1800, Paris)

Exterior view

Hôtel de l'Intendance, Besançon

Victor Louis developed his characteristic picturesque style and his particular feeling for theatrical effects during his four-year stay in Rome. His Hôtel de l'Intendance in Besançon followed the usual pattern of a "cour d'honneur" screened from the street and semi-circular on one side. Continuous Ionic pilasters, which become engaged two-thirds columns in front of the elongated, pedimented centrepiece of the court façade, evenly divide the "corps-de-logis," which has a rectangular ground plan. The wall surfaces are mainly taken up by large, rectangular windows. On the garden side, the domed centre salon forms a convex projection. The delicate surface treatment of the façades with fluted pilasters, a continuous, uninterrupted entablature and festoon reliefs over the ground floor apertures is characteristic of Louis's decorative touch, but also strikes a traditional note.

The photo shows the court façade.