The stunning Chapelle des Jésuites in St Omer, France, has lain empty for 100 years. But in October 2017, after a thorough and sensitive restoration, this sumptuous structure was inaugurated as a cultural centre – with 40/4 chairs selected by its architects and project leaders for a whole host of reasons.
HISTORY COMES TO LIFE. Built between 1615 and 1640, and classified as an Historical Monument in 1942, the restoration of the Chapelle des Jésuites began in 2013 and took four years. The project was a huge joint effort between the French state, the regional government of Calais and the French Heritage Society. Chapelle des Jésuites is a stunning structure, both inside and out, and its perfect acoustics deliver sound to public events and cultural services held there – including circus, dance, concerts and exhibitions – that is already delighting visitors.
SEATING FOR THE MANY. To host a fluctuating audience within the imposing and ornate stone walls of the chapel, its chief architect, supervised by an architect from the French Heritage Society, had to select appropriate seating. Their choice to use our iconic 40/4 by David Rowland, which also sits in historic places of worship such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral, was made early in the process of the restoration, and was based around the following four parameters.
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