Residence Eisenhower, Reims


Project by Chatillon Architects,
Sarah Chatillon
Photos by Valerio Geraci
The restoration and interior design project completed in 2021 by Chatillon Architects breathed new life into a prestigious building constructed between 1911 and 1913, initially the private home of a wealthy industrialist and later the headquarters of a well-known champagne company. The hotel particulier located here now is named after General Eisenhower, who lived there for a few months in 1945, when Reims was won back from the Allied forces. The exterior of the building, designed by Parisian architect François-Adolphe Bocage, is in neo-Louis XVI style and eclectically blends eighteenth-century motifs with Art Nouveau and Art Déco inspirations. The exuberance of the facade, decorated with garlands of flowers and fruit, is offset by the more sober elegance of the interiors, characterised by the extensive use of wood, marble, precious glass windows and stylish elements in cast iron. Despite reinventing the function of the building, the restoration project has maintained the atmosphere of years gone by intact. The bedrooms are all different and each one reverberates with the past of a truly unique place, brimming with history. The bathrooms also recall the spirit of an early twentieth-century family home, magnificently interpreted by the retro lines of the Draycott bathtub with Decò feet, the Coventry and White Rose taps, the Chelsea lamp, the Gatsby mirror and the Old Navy accessories.