Crowdfunders contributed to preserve an abandoned landmark of the Loire Valley
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What once used to be a decrepit site of historic heritage has now gained the interest from a number of internet users from across the globe. A French organisation, Dartagnans, decided to preserve the abandoned chateau La Mothe-Chandenier, located 200 kilometres from Paris, by launching a crowdfunding campaign.
Le château de La Mothe-Chandeniers débarque sur @Twitter ! N’hésitez pas à suivre nos aventures et celles de nos 10000 propriétaires. Un projet unique au monde pour sauver un château en péril. #sauvetageencours pic.twitter.com/5kfLUwbpow
— Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers (@CMChandeniers) December 2, 2017
Over 80 days around 6,500 people participated in the event and raised $600,000 to buy the property.
“It’s done! La Mothe-Chandeniers was sold on December 1st,” Romain Delaume, cofounder of Dartagnans told AFP.
But the adventure doesn’t end with these figures. People have kept donating $60 to buy a share of the ownership. Currently, there are more than 9,000 contributors that have decided to donate.
The castle is located in Les Trois-Moutiers in the Poitou-Charentes, a town in western France, and belongs to the rich variety of the chateaux of Loire Valley.
La Mothe-Chandenier holds an unfortunate history. A rich Parisian businessman Francois Hennecart wanted to restore the palace in the early 1800s. In the late 19th century, a party-loving Baron Lejeune Edgar hosted soirees in the chateau.
But at the end of 1932, a fire wiped out the interior leaving it destroyed and abandoned.
In 1981, teacher Marc December purchased the building and hoped for its renewal. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to cover the expenses and the extent of the project proved too complicated.
The property had to wait until October 2017 to find a better future when Dartagnans launched the crowdfunding.
The money raised during the event will serve to restore the palace and to open it to visitors.
“Our aim was to think of a new way of getting people into cultural preservation,” Delaume told CNN Travel.
“The next step is to finally get the key of the castle and then organize the entry of thousands of co-owners,” says Delaume.