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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. [1] 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. View more View full description
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