Roubaix: art deco stroll, from the grand boulevard to the canal

Roubaix: art deco stroll, from the grand boulevard to the canal
Roubaix: art deco stroll, from the grand boulevard to the canal

Around fifteen curious people responded, on Sunday afternoon, to the invitation from the tourist office which had organized this (free) visit in the form of a loop, with the Ma Campagne tram stop as the starting point. . What followed was a stroll between Boulevard Carnot, the hydraulic bridge and Rue Ma Campagne. “ There are sumptuous villas around Rue Ma Campagne, with Art Deco as the preferred artistic style on this Tourquennoise architecture from the 1930s. », summarizes Séléné Lavina, guide. One of the most prolific architects was Tourquennois. Charles Bourgeois built several of the city’s remarkable Art Deco residences, notably Villa Paula on rue Ma Campagne.

Another remarkable construction is that of the Villa Maillard transformed into social housing. “ It is one of the rare villas to have the name of its architect. This villa has been preserved and transformed thanks to the presence of a rare tree in its garden, the ginkgo », underlines the guide. Before specifying: “ Several of these villas were requisitioned by the Germans during the war, hence several blockhouses. » Some are buried and others visible like that of Villa Maillard. An art gallery project was to see the light of day there with the Art Bunker Gallery but “ due to lack of resources, the project is at a standstill. » Next visits: Saturday May 4 and 25, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday May 12 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Ma Campagne tram stop (free, reservation required).


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