Saturday, 18 January 2020

A House in Ascain


A house in Ascain. Pyrenees-Atlantiques. France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

This distinctive house is near the Roman Bridge in Ascain, in the Pyrenees. I have been unable to find out anything about it.

Update: Based on information gleaned from the link to the Momentum website provided by Carolyn, here is some background on this house. It has been a listed monument since 2000.

Film set designer Ferdinand Pinney Earle (born in New York in 1878, died in 1951 in Hollywood) became famous in Hollywood in the years 1910 to 1920. In 1930, he moved to Ascain and built a house whose appearance is reminiscent of the adobe houses built around Santa Fe around 1920. The floor plan in the shape of a revolver is a particular feature. The elevations and decoration incorporate many elements of the pueblo style.  Many show business and arts personalities were guests of Earle there.


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13 comments:

Le Pré de la Forge said...

There is something very "Moor"-ish about it...

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Interesting design... Looks like its melting in the heat!

Katie Zeller said...

There is almost a hint of Gaudi.... Or Dali

Carolyn said...

Maison de Ferdinand Pinney Earle

https://monumentum.fr/maison-ferdinand-pinney-earle-pa64000037.html

chm said...

Thank you Carolyn for the link. This house, in some way, made me think of Facteur Cheval!

chm said...

Facteur Cheval's first name was, also, Ferdinand. Strange coincidence!

Susan said...

I thought like Katie -- Gaudi.

Susan said...

It's very 'organic', isn't it?!

Susan said...

My immediate thought was Gaudi too.

Susan said...

Ooooooh, thank you Carolyn! I'll check this out immediately.

Susan said...

Thanks Carolyn. I've updated the post now with the information you linked to. It's good to know something about the place.

Le Pré de la Forge said...

I was thinking Timbuktu.....

Susan said...

Oh yes, now that you mention it!

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