La Maison du Centaure is a grand town house constructed under the reign of François I. Its architecture and rich decoration, which looks like that of the town hall's, belonging to the early Renaissance from the beginning of the 16th century. You can see particularly the same freizes and niches surmounted by scallop shells and pinnacles as well as pilasters with ornate capitals of children and lions.
Surveys have revealed the original layout and support, among other things, the reinstatement of the Renaissance bays on the facade facing the street. The restoration of the exteriors is the first stage, preceeding the general renovation of the house and its conversion into apartments.
The work already undertaken:
- reinforcement and restoration of the carpentry.
- creation of roof windows with a view to future renovation of the interiors.
- complete renewal of the slate roof.
- consolidation and restoration of the remaining chimney stacks.
- consolidation and restoration of the rear facade.
- restoration of the upper parts of the northern gable facing the street.
- demolition of modern interior alterations.
The low relief sculpture of the centaur is held in place and supported to prevent it tipping towards the interior. Ultimately, its expected reinstallation effectively means the simultaneous reinstallation of the window frame.
The total cost of the project is estimated at €484 500, of which the State has contributed €96 900 (20%).