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Massif Central - Expo Paris 1937

Massif Central at the Exhibition Expo Paris 1937
© H. Chipault
Architect(s) : Brière.

The Massif Central exhibition was divided. The east wing housed the Bourbonnais, the west wing the Velay, the central part the Haute and Basse Auvergne.

The overall appearance of the former was that of a Bourbonnais country house with its furniture, curios, ceramics and musical instruments.

The Velay façade was distinguished by its porch covering a monumental staircase giving access to the terraces. This part was covered with hollow tiles called "tiges de bottes".

Pretty lacemakers at work were the living adornment of a workshop decorated with a large diorama of the picturesque town of Le Puy.

Austere and sober like the landscapes of the country, such was the decor adopted by the Basse-Auvergne, whose exhibition had as its theme the place of work and rest of a businessman sensitive to art. A common cantalieen room, called in patois "l'oustau", was created on the ground floor for the Upper Auvergne.

A thermal pavilion, placed at the highest point of the site, recalled the Roman thermal baths.

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