No, we are not in the Alps. However, if you walk rue de Meaux, in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, not far from Buttes Chaumont, you will be surprised to discover a wooden chalet at number 103. Here, there is no restaurant that would offer raclette or tartiflette but a real well-occupied dwelling.
The Carpathians rather than the Alps
The history of this house dates back to the 19th century. It would have been built by a delegation from Central Europe in 1867, on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition. First located on the Champ-de-Mars, it was then dismantled before being reassembled on rue de Meaux. A second chalet was located at n°101 but it has now disappeared.
In 2009, the chalet, which inevitably clashes with the nearby buildings, was threatened. The owners at the time wanted to sell and the buyer planned to destroy the chalet. Unacceptable for Samuel Cahu, the tenant at the time, who had lived there since his adolescence. He then contacted the town hall of the 19th arrondissement and the commission for old Paris.
Its mobilization paid off since its protection was voted on by the Council of Paris in September 2009. Now listed as part of the heritage of the City of Paris, the house and its scalloped wooden balcony are no longer threatened with destruction.
The chalet was then bought by Jean Médioni, an architect. The house is then on the point of collapsing and the balcony of collapsing. Work was undertaken and even today, more than 150 years after its creation, the chalet is still standing.
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