La Villa-Atelier Montsouris,
a mansion for an artist.
In 1927, the City of Paris sells by auction an irregularly shaped site, running along Parc Montsouris Avenue, in the 14th district in Paris. This site had been vacant since 1885.
Parc Montsouris Avenue, now named René Coty Avenue, with a wide median tree planted strip, stretches from Denfert Rochereau Place to the vast wavy Montsouris Park.
Jean-Julien Lemordant, a painter and an architect, was born in Brittany; he became a hero of the
Great War. He decided to buy the site to build his “painter’s fancied/dreamed house”. Lemordant had studied architecture in Rennes at the School of Fine Arts and was wounded during the war: he lost his eyesight. He nevertheless decided to design by himself the plans for his “mansion for a painter”. The plans were drawn and realized under his supervision by Jean Delaunay, an architect.
Lemordant imagined a simple and functional house, with large and harmonious proportions. He was looking for “no uselessness, but real comfort”.