The textile industry flourished in Nîmes from the eighteenth century. Number of houses from the nineteenth century were built with the fortunesmade ​​by the families of textile manufacturers. Milliarède M., lawyer, son of a wealthy taffetassier was able to order the architect Louis Poinsotconstruction of his residence, built between 1900 and 1907 in a new district near the train station.

The location of the building at the corner of the plot can get a fairly large garden. The building block plan has several recesses, oriel window, porch,a square tower at the corner of two streets, which animate the facadesrichly decorated. Indeed, Poinsot use of a diverse ornamental vocabulary.

Stereotomy is varied: the bosses rustic foundation, bosses alternatingsmooth and rustic ground floor and partition walls for continuous smoothfloor. The tower, however, is treated stone smooth.

Frames bays are marked by strong projections to jambs and sills ceramicor balusters alternately. According to the descendants Milliarède, Poinsothas chosen Italianate aesthetics at the request of sponsor. The use ofstuds, roof terraces and the square tower can indeed be inspired bydifferent types of buildings of the Italian Renaissance. Borrowings inFrench classicism, also mark this architecture, especially the occultation of falling boxes of flowers and fruits and balustrades.

The set is a fine example of eclectic architecture in which the profusion offorms is enhanced by the combination of colors: the use of ceramics forcornices, sills, the presence of windows on oriel and the cage staircaseare characteristic of this aesthetic.
The interior, at least the hall entirely covered with stucco, marble andmosaic pavement, is certainly inspired by Italian interior. The ground floorhas fortunately retained substantially all of its decorations and the stairwell.The presence of intact sets reinforces the interest of this building, in afairly substantial body but which in many cases, the interiors have been greatly altered.

Louis Poinsot is probably not an innovator but part of a current thatdominates the architecture since the 1870s. He signed here a comfortablebourgeois family house treated with a composition of ambition and somearchitectural aesthetics.


Laurent HUGUES