Thursday, October 04, 2012

Windows and doors, part three

Yet another building in Montrésor, this one is kitty-corner from the church at the top of town. I'm continually fascinated by the way a building's windows, doors, stairs, and stone elements seem to "interact" with each other coupled with the little dots of color from flowers and plants.

The cobblestone street in front of this house curves upward and back, leading to the château.

In France, most buildings are made from stone, terra cotta or concrete block, or more recently, concrete. Usually that building material is plastered over with a stucco layer to make it smooth and finished looking. The colors of the buildings are determined by their stone (if it's exposed) or by the color of the stucco layer and/or paint. Building colors are normally muted in shades of beige or gray.

Color is introduced by painting window mullions, doors, and shutters, and by adding flowers in window boxes and planters. This pattern is repeated all over France and varies by region, depending on the types of materials historically available in those regions.


  1. From the three 'windows and doors' photos you've posted sofar, this is the one I like best! Martine

  2. in this country, someone would be ripping this house down as "ugly" and a mcmansion would be built in its place.

    give me this any day!

  3. Anne Marie - similar things happen here in Australia, but then you turn down a laneway and there's a little bit of preserved history.
    Really nice piccie Walt.

  4. I love how the windows are large enough for full interaction with the street scene. The kitchen window chez vous is like that, also. There are shutters when you want privacy, but otherwise you are available.

  5. What a great place for a leisurely stroll.


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