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Would English Heritage have approved this?



The building, Fort du Coq, in Benodet, Brittany and owned by the French Navy, was leased to the Yacht Club de l'Odet in 1958 before being acquired by the municipality. It was built in the time of Napoleon 111 and has acquired an extension hardly in keeping with the original structure.

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Re: Would English Heritage have approved this?

Quite probably yes, unless the whole site had been declared of archaelogical interest and was being preserved for its appearance.

English Heritage can take quite a pragmatic view, often preferring that a building continues in use and is therefore maintained. That's actually not a bad looking conversion, there is clear distinction between the old and the new so you can see what it was, and it gives life to what would probably otherwise end up as a decaying ruin

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Re: Would English Heritage have approved this?

Fair point, Nick. Just thought it looked incongruous when I saw it two weeks ago.

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Re: Would English Heritage have approved this?

I didn't notice the conversion until I looked really closely. Was wondering what the problem was

Municipality, ugh what an annoying word.
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Re: Would English Heritage have approved this?

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I didn't notice the conversion until I looked really closely. Was wondering what the problem was

Municipality, ugh what an annoying word.
I would put it more as an extension than a conversion!

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Re: Would English Heritage have approved this?

I can't speak definitively for Historic Scotland although I work for them but the general preference appears to be to see a building in use rather than out of.
Spotting potential problems is easier if someone is around than if it is just a shell.
Context is also important.
I agree with Nick, its rather nice and honest about itself.
I've never been a great fan of pastiche as it is almost always too faint hearted.
I've also found most buildings go through a change of use about every 100-150 years.
So when did history start? Just after I posted this.

If you are looking for the French equivalent of EH or HS, its called Monum and like us presumably has online guidance and possibly also a list of potential buildings which can be brought back into use.

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