A listed building, like one of architect Narcisse-Perrard’s riddles
waiting to be solved, in a medieval town in Jura
Lons-le-Saunier, JURA franche-comte 39000 FR


The town is an hour from Switzerland and from Beaune as well as 30 km from an airport with flights to London, Bastia, Porto and Marrakech. Nestling in the midst of an area producing “vin jaune” wines and comté cheese, its history dates back to the Roman era. A character town, with rich historic heritage, it is constructed in a remote part of the Jura mountains. It has numerous tourist assets notably its gastronomy and its heritage.
This property is 500 m from schools and a market. A park is even closer. A little river, La-Glantine, flows alongside the property boundary.


These buildings form the ultimate work of Narcisse-Perrard, a local architect and former pupil of Paris’ École-des-Beaux-Arts (National School of Fine Arts). They date from 1864 and housed the town’s slaughterhouse through until 1978.
The monumental facade of the main building forms a triptych of 3 golden rectangles of dressed stone which can be seen from the street without even opening the gates.
In the foreground and in line with the avenue, the wrought iron gates and double doors are flanked by 2 small rectangular wings, spanning just the ground floor. They have gable roofs. These wings adjoin the main building on each of its sides at the end of a central courtyard.
The very classical triangular pediment on the main facade is adorned at the top with small blind arcades.
A large, semi-circular window, with its fixed glazing divided by wooden crossbars to form a geometric pattern, looks down on the entrance to the main building from a height of 6.50 and can be seen from the street above the gates.

The main building

At first sight, this property brings religious architectural codes more to mind than those of industrial architecture.
The central, semi-circular arched doorway is adorned with a keystone of a stone statue representing a bull’s head, an allusion to the premises’ original vocation. The fixed sections of the door are made of wood and glazed by master glassmaker, Bruno Tosi. The motifs represent a peacock, a parrot amidst flowers and craftsmen at work.
From the outside, the central building appears to form the central body of a basilica with two side aisles. This is an illusion as the interior architecture is that of a horseshoe-shaped apse and not that of a nave. The perfect rectangles of the exterior therefore leave room for the interior vaults and arches.

The stables
The rectangular building that forms the left wing and opens on to the courtyard was originally the stables. This room is now used by the current owners as an art gallery.
With a 2.62 m high French ceiling, it is superbly illuminated via two windows on either side of the door that opens on to the courtyard and via a third one, overlooking the street. An attic can be accessed by lifting a hatch.

Caretaker’s accommodation
The rectangular building forming the right wing was originally the caretaker’s cottage.
In a symmetrical manner to the other wing, it is accessed via the courtyard. The French ceiling is 2.70 m high. This room is laid out as a dining room with an open-plan kitchen in which remain the old public weighing scales dating from 1864. The room is heated by cast iron Art Nouveau style radiators.
A stairway closed by a wooden trapdoor goes down to a vaulted cellar, illuminated and aired by a basement window.
An attic can also be accessed by lifting a hatch.

Ground floor
The inside of the main building is horseshoe-shaped, with a central half-rotunda and 9 lateral cells with their arched openings.
Although this room spans a single level, it has an impressive, 8 m high, signed roofing framework.
The first 7 cells in a clockwise direction are still in their original condition. Industrial features in some act as a reminder of the premises’ original vocation.
The last 2 adjoin the south wing and are laid out as a bedroom and a bathroom.
A wooden studded door in the fourth cell provides access outside to the garden behind the building.
A 2 m wide, 6 m high mezzanine is protected by wonderful wrought iron railings. It is on the same level as the 9 drop-arch windows set out around the rotunda and the arched opening, with wooden crossbars, on the main facade. The view of the cross on the “Rocher de Dan” (Dan’s rock) is amazing.

The garden
The garden can be reached either from the street via a wooden gate or from the main building. Surrounding the premises for a width of approx. 3 m, it is bordered by the river La-Glantine and a little waterfall. A spring is privately tapped there and was used to provide the water required at the time for running these industrial premises.
Between the two outbuildings is a masonry pool. Large hydrangea bushes planted against the wall of the main building enhance the premises.

The outbuildings

In the garden, alongside the river, are a well and a woodshed, the latter in use as a machine room for the swimming pool.

Technical room for the pool
A shed, spanning approx. 4 m², on the edge of the property alongside the river, is used as a machine room for the swimming pool. It also houses the well for the spring.

Our opinion

The faith of Industry could be celebrated in this building which is as reminiscent of a religious edifice as man’s hard labour. Here, the monumental, including the rotunda and the roofing framework, adjoins humbler sections such as the two wings. Undeniable decorative features, including a bull’s head on a keystone, stained glass windows decorated in typical Art Nouveau fashion and very highly wrought ironwork, are immediately obvious. Water was required to run these old facilities and a little river, encouraged by a waterfall, runs alongside the garden. The view from the nave stretches as far as the rocks of the Jura. These premises currently house an art gallery and a dwelling but such original buildings give free rein to the imagination.

259 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 333129

Land registry surface area 732 m2
Main building surface area 400 m2

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Regional representative

Fanny Proffit +33 1 42 84 80 85



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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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