History & PoETRY
According to the records dug out of the Sadirac parish land registry, the building was erected at the end of the 19th century. A knowing eye would recognise a typical rectangular mansion with a very long front façade, built with just a ground floor and very characteristic architectural features.
The imprint of Victor Louis
It would be tempting to believe that Château Pabus was designed by Victor Louis or one of his students, because it is so reminiscent of the work of the architect of Bordeaux’s Grand Theatre. In this period, craftsmen carried the same designs and techniques from one worksite to another.
The origin of the chateau’s name has been explained by an historian: public registers point out that Pabus was the name of a family of aristocratic doctors from the Bordeaux bourgeoisie, who lived on and from their land, but without actually cultivating it themselves. Their potter was probably also their tenant.
This mansion house in its own way symbolises the Pabus style made up of thoroughness, harmony and sophistication.
The Unexpected Discovery of a Potter’s Oven
Old buildings are full of unsuspected treasures. During land clearance work in June 2007, a 12th century potter’s oven was uncovered in some of the Château Pabus outbuildings. An architectural analysis made it possible to determine its exact origins.
The chimney flues identified on the surface lead us to believe that the oven was used until the beginning of the 20th century. The oven itself was a beautiful semi-circular arched brick structure, which was wood-fired. Only a few bricks had fallen out.
Clearing the north and south walls partially revealed two piles of pottery fragments. In this small neighbourhood of Sadirac called Jean-d’Arnaud, all sizes of earthenware jugs and crocks were made: ewers, pitchers, bowls, plates and even commode potties at the time of Louis 14th and piggy banks.
Other more modern artefacts were identified on site: fragments of moulds and molasses pots specific to Sadirac production in the 18th century, which was semi-industrial like the nearby Casse and Blayet ovens. During this period of glory for Sadirac, there were a number of potters.
The Poetry of the Place
Away from the bustle of the town, surrounded by green countryside, this mansion has many attractions. In fine weather especially, you just need to walk around a little to experience its charm. Its white stone, crowned with slate tiles, turn to an ochre hue at sunset and time stands still. Facing south and the sun with an unencumbered outlook over the rows of vines, the chateau has gardens and a lake where a solitary swan lives. Access is via a long avenue of cypresses.
The house was designed to be restful and to enable communion with nature. It is simply conceived with outstandingly elegant details, such as a sculpted pediment over the main entrance, cornices, dressed corner stones and mascarons.
The interior is just as magical. The rooms are laid out like in a Gallo-Roman villa with two enormous reception areas, which fill the whole length of the building and bathe it in light. In the most opulent rooms the sophistications of the period abound: fireplaces, wood panelling, parquet floors, mouldings and “Gironde” clay floor tiles.
elegance of details
Potier furnaces creation on Pabus lands
Mr. Henry Charrier, a business man had Pabus built. On the land, several houses were let to potters - Mr. Gilles, Mr. Jean d’Arnaud (the neighbourhood was named after him) and others.
Gustave Eiffel, who built many edifices in the region surely came to Pabus at this time.
the chateau was built, inspired by drawings by Victor Louis.
At the end of the 19th century, the Pabus family, practicing physicians dating back to 1728, lived on the property.
Mr. Robert S. Dow acquires Château Pabus.