At long last, after over a decade of project mismanagement and controversial repairs that ignited concerns over historical integrity, restorations have been completed on E-1027, Eileen Gray’s 1929 masterpiece on France’s Côte d’Azur. The house, which heavily influenced the work of Le Corbusier and became an object of his jealous fixation, has a traumatic past that nearly resulted in its loss to history. Like the Villa Savoye and the Viipuri Library, early modernist works completed within five years of each other, E-1027 spent much of the twentieth century in a state of total disrepair before undergoing recent life-saving restorations. Used for target practice by German soldiers during World War II, E-1027 went on to witness the murder of its homeowner before being abandoned in the 1990s and occupied by illegal squatters.  The house was subsequently bought by the Conservatoire du littoral, which in conjunction with local authorities began the long process of reviving the modernist gem.
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