Masterpiece of Robert Mallet-Stevens !

Villa Cavrois

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It is really a chance to visit this Villa : after the death of Madame Cavrois in 1985 the property was sold to a developer who wanted to subdivide the park. Abandoned, the villa fell prey to vandalism and quickly deteriorated, despite its classification as a monument historique in 1990. If you come to visit Lille you must have a tour to Croix and visit the Villa. Thanks to the mobilisation of a conservation association, the state acquired a large part of the property in 2001. After thirteen years of research and work, it has been restored to its original state of July 1932.

In the early twentieth century, the Nord was one of the most industrialised regions in France. Roubaix and Tourcoing were then a major centre of textile production, so much so that Roubaix became known as the “city of a thousand chimneys”. The Cavrois-Mahieu company, founded in 1865, manufactured upmarket fabrics for Parisian Houses. In 1923 the company, which had five factories, employed nearly 700 employees.
When Paul Cavrois, the owner of this company, decided to build a house for his family, he bought land at a place called Beaumont, a few kilometres from Roubaix. Since 1870, the industrial bourgeoisie has distanced its residences from the factories to benefit from a healthier environment and a better quality of life. The municipality of Croix, on the outskirts of Roubaix, saw imposing bourgeois residences flourish, true little castles, which were characterised by their neo-regionalist style. In this landscape, the silhouette of the modern villa designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens contrasts sharply.

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Either way, Paul and Lucie Cavrois, convinced by a visit to the rue Mallet-Stevens that the architect had just finished in Paris, gave him complete freedom to design their family home, provided he kept strictly within the budget. Mallet-Stevens developed his project in 1929 and the villa was opened three years later, on the marriage of a daughter of the family, Geneviève.

When designing the villa, Mallet-Stevens did not limit himself to the layout of the architectural volumes: he also designed all the interior furnishings down to the smallest piece of furniture. In this, he pushed the concept of “complete work” to the limits that he defended in the Union des Artistes modernes. This complete work also owes much to his set designer experience for the cinema.
The interiors of the Villa Cavrois have similarities with those he designed a few years earlier for the films of Marcel L’Herbier. According to the architect, a home décor and living environment, must reflect the psychology of those who inhabit it, in this case a bourgeois family.

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Transports publics

Tramway R dir. Roubaix, stop at Villa Cavrois, 10 minutes walk.

On your way !

A good idea is to visit the Museum La piscine de Roubaix the morning, have a lunch and on your way back stop at Villa Cavroix.

V'Lille

Station 201 : Edhec – 15 minutes walk from Villa Cavroix

Depuis l'appartement !

Reach the main station Gare Lille-Flandres (direct by bus Citadine 2 or bus 14). Catch there the Tramway R direction Roubaix. Stop at Villa Cavrois, 10 minutes walk.

Par téléphone

+33 / (0)3 20 73 47 12

Villa Cavroix