… to the other
We are facing the west facade.
This one evokes the neo-Louis XIII style. It has high independent French roofs. Cylindrical turrets add a note of neo-Gothic style to the whole. The decor evokes the architecture of the houses on Place des Vosges or Place Dauphine in Paris, from the time of Henri IV.
At the center of the building, above its entrance, is the coat of arms of the Rothschild family with its 5 arrows, one for each of the 5 branches.
The roof, the monumental staircase and the woodwork on the 1st floor have been classified as Historical Monuments since 1999.
The Baroness was very involved in local life: creation of schools, libraries and hospitals in Gouvieux and Berck-sur-Mer. During World War I, she invested time and money in caring for the wounded. She died in 1931. Today, a street still bears her name in Gouvieux.
She bequeathed Les Fontaines to her son, Henri, a doctor and playwright, who preferred to settle in Paris and only occasionally came to the Domaine.