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Villefranche de Lonchat Town Hall
Town Hall

Villefranche de Lonchat Town Hall resides in a former ‘maison de maître’ in the village square. The house, built mid-nineteenth century (between 1845 and 1855) is a huge cube with 18m long side walls built of freestone and a high slate roof surrounded by a balustrade and flanked by two small zinc-roofed turrets one of which houses a spiral staircase. The exterior of the building and the entrance hall and staircase have been listed on the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments since June 2002.

Town Hall

The building has two main façades : the southern and western walls which each have five windows and a central projecting part in which is situated the entrance door and, above it, a walled balcony. Both facades are decorated with ornate late-Renaissance carvings of a high quality. The northern face has seven windows. The outbuildings, which are of an equally high standard, join the eastern wall of the house. Very attractive railings surround the property which includes a garden, some of whose terraces still exist.


Many of the interior features and the original layout have been preserved.
• Ground floor : to the front of the house are two large rooms with parquet flooring, fireplaces, panelling and stucco ceilings. The imitation marble decoration of two columns separating the entrance hall from another hall has been preserved. The second hallway leads onto two smaller rooms and the kitchens as well as to the stone staircase with its iron railings. The staircase goes up to the first floor and then on the second floor is replaced by the spiral staircase leading up to the roof.
• First floor : six large bedrooms with parquet floors and a considerable amount of the original decor and woodwork. A huge landing, supported by four columns leads onto the bedrooms. The first floor is, today, mainly used to house the museum of local history.
• Second floor : Four large rooms with beautiful, exposed roof timbers which could be converted. The spiral staircase joining the landing to the roof terrace.