The house "Les Terrasses des Glaciers", formerly known as the "Farandole" is one of the oldest buildings Chamonix, built in 1902, at the time were built the "Chamonix palaces" such as the Majestic or Savoy.
In this new century, accommodation is no longer just a hotel and villas begin to bloom. These early houses were built near the center of Chamonix, including PECL to Moussoux or Praz.
Their architecture is rather surprising in the context Chamonix, built of stone, usually over 3 floors, sometimes with balconies, sometimes protruding parts on the facades and roofs with amazing shapes.
These are buildings of large size in the resort architecture, similar to what one might find in Deauville or Biarritz at the same time, which were intended for wealthy second-home owners.
Ce sont des bâtiments de taille imposante à l'architecture de villégiature, semblable à ce que l'on pouvait trouver à Biarritz ou à Deauville à la même époque, qui étaient destinés à des résidents secondaires aisés.
At that time, few homes were present, "Les Terrasses des Glaciers" and boasts of one of the best locations in the valley!
We are in the Twenties, the Roaring Twenties when the post-war desire to have fun earning the Haute-Savoie. Chamonix, then small farming village became a resort where the crowned heads crowded and English aristocrats.
Many poets, writers, painters and scientists came savor the sweetness and magic of the valley.
Social life are in full swing and with the popularity of winter sports, hotels travelers become beautiful palaces.
" Les Terrasses des Glaciers "was completely restored in 1991, now including three self-catering apartments and intending to rent furnished on two of them, the third being reserved for owners. It offers a unique view of the chain Mont Blanc and the Bossons glacier.
It is referenced in the brochure published by the Planning Service of the municipality of Chamonix "Chamonix Mont-Blanc, architectures of the Chamonix valley, inventory of types" whose pages are present and can be downloaded below in large format via PDF by clicking here.