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Georges Lasseron (1844-1932), an architect of the IIIth Republic

Curiosity Alexandra - Responsable Communication By Alexandra - Responsable Communication, the 09 November 2016

This week, the Tourist office delivers you the first article of a long series of personalities' portraits having marked with their imprint the local history of our territory.
The character, whom we crunch today, is called Georges Lasseron, the municipal architect of Niort under the IIIth Republic.

From Paris to Niort
His father Charles, architect and civil engineer, gains Paris for his work and the education of his son. The intellectual formation of the young person Georges is influenced by the realizations of the baron Haussmann under Napoleon III. In 1870, he integrates the College of the Fine arts, the Architecture Section. Diploma in hands and that must face a hard competition, he decides to leave the capital for Niort, its home town and becomes the architect during 30 years, from 1883 till 1913.

His state commissions
With the construction of public and private buildings, he participates in the transformation of the "architectural" landscape of the city, the end of the XIXth century at the beginning of the XXth century. His career is bound to the political longevity of mayor Ludovic Martin-Bastard which, under his 24 years of mandate, plans the construction of numerous municipal buildings (secular schools, art school, girls' high school, City hall, public baths). State aids, promulgated by the laws on the municipal organization and the laws Jules Ferry, favor these realizations.

His private constructions
Georges Lasseron is also master of work of the Savings bank built in 1892, the department store " To the Housewife " and some Big Café built at the beginning of the XXth century. He so answers the change of the commercial habits born in the Belle Epoque and introduces for the first time in Niort the style Art nouveau.
Less known are his five funeral chapels, last homes of illustrious niortais: that of the industrialist Marot, for example. He completes this intimist approach of the religious architecture by fitting out the front doors of the Former and younger cemeteries, the copies of the main entrance of Father Lachaise.

The bard from Poitou Yves Rabault in our next number!

Photo credits: " the Big Café " (former postcard), " To the Housewife " (City of Niort - Bruno Derbord), "City hall" (former postcard), " Former cemetery " (unknown author), " Girls' former high school " (Darry, on 2007).

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