Ferme du Maipas

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This page is a poor translation from the French original.

The farm Maipas is a strong house from the early seventeenth century located in the common French of Prez in the department of Ardennes. This is a classic architecture house, built at the end of the Renaissance, and topped with a roof of impressive size.

It is located in the foothills of the Ardennes Thiérache, on the D34 between Prez and Logny-Bogny.

In the late sixteenth century, the stronghold of Mapas or Mespas Brodart belongs to the family and in particular a master of forges, Nicolas Brodart husband of Mary Simonnet, itself the result of a great bourgeois family in Rethel.

A Scottish nobleman, Charles Douglas, lord of Arrancy married the descendant of Nicolas and Marie Brodart Simonnet, and inhabits the French Brodart Maipas. This is what Charles Douglas is most often cited as the builder of this house.

His son Charles Archanbault Douglas sells land Thiérache and the home of Maipas becomes the property of the Piermez family that lives there. Their succeed Claude de Saint-Yves, General Keeper of powder and saltpetre, then, in the nineteenth century, Baron Jacques-Louis Hulot

The Maipas lost his home quickly vocation to become the headquarters of a large farm, but has retained its architectural integrity and has been untouched by conflict.

The building is registered in respect of historical monuments in 1926

The building is visible from the outside but can not be visited. This is private property.

The house was probably built during the reign of Louis XIII.

The entrance is through a porch Carter basket handle with his right to a pedestrian door. Both doors are framed with dressed stone and pedestrian gate is overcome such stones embedded balls.

When changing this entry, the main building faces. It is flanked by four square pavilions, roofs and the diamond peak in the manner of bastion The building and the four pavilions are on two levels only, with narrow rectangular windows, in a small ledge mordillons forming a continuous belt encompassing all. The main body is topped with a roof whose eaves are impressive.

A porch above the entrance door slightly off to the left and plug in a classic frame topped with a picture of black stones, and a second table accompanied treaties balls in half-relief. This is one of the few decorative elements in a very sober façade. The windows bear traces bars that protected them. Ditches the remains can be observed.

To the right of the main building, a wall joined a separate rectangular pavilion remaining other structures.

See also:

The Douglas Family in France

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