(active 1750s in Abbeville)

Exterior view

Château de Bagatelle, Abbeville (Somme)

One of the better-known features of eighteenth-century French architecture is the experimentation done in smaller dwellings, generally one-storey buildings with little ornamentation. They varied according to province, and the local name often reflected the spirit in which they were built. They were called "pleasure pavilions," "country cottages", "Hermitages". They were always modest in size but elegant, as the Bagatelle at Abbeville.

The photo shows the façade of Château de Bagatelle.

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