The Gloria Mansions

18 February 2019

In Nice, a large number of Art Deco facades were made after 1925 on the Promenade des Anglais and in the Musicians District, and a lot of them remained, among which the worthy of note «  Gloria Mansions », a group of buildings situated between the Promenade des Anglais, the Rue Paul Valery and the Rue de France, in the Baumettes’ area.

The « Gloria Mansions » is a large residential condominium realized between 1932 and 1934 by two Armenian architects, Garabed Hovnanian and Kevork Arsenian, on behalf of the promoter Joachim Nahapiet. It is a jewel of the French Riviera Art Deco, with its geometric line and with its facade in pearly cement. The interior is enterely decored with noble materials : magnificent mailboxes, iron ornaments and internal frames, coloured glass pasts, monumental staircase, and windows colored with inedit technique, which reperesent maritime landscape, signed by Lasalle … Behind an austere facade, this property is inspired by the american model of apartments-hotel frequent in New York in the years 190 and 1910. It is representative of the « depressive » Art Deco.

The palace is enrolled in the list of Historical Monuments. It has benefited in 2015 of an important program of renovations, in the apartments as in the common parts.


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