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Bungling builders bulldoze entire historic French chateau by MISTAKE ...
The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 5, 2012 | Matt Blake

Posted on 12/05/2012 4:55:07 PM PST by Uncle Chip

Blundering builders mistakenly bulldozed an 18th-century chateau in the heart of France's picturesque wine country - when they were only supposed to knock down an outhouse on its estate.

Chateau de Bellevue, 12km to the east of Bordeaux, once boasted 140,000-square-feet of grand reception rooms, ornate fireplaces, winding marble staircases and imposing granite balconies.

Then its new owner, a Russian millionaire businessman, employed a team of Polish builders to renovate the manor to its former baroque glory, including the removal of one small building.

But the workers apparently misunderstood the instructions and pulled down the castle instead, leaving the outhouse completely untouched.

'The Chateau de Bellevue was Yvrac's pride and joy,' said former owner Juliette Marmie. 'The whole village is in shock. How can this construction firm make such a mistake?'

Local media reported that the construction company misunderstood the renovation plans of the current owner, Russian businessman Dmitry Stroskin, to clean up and renovate the manor.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chateau; demolition
Blundering builders bulldoze beautiful chateaux in Bellevue by Bourdeaux belonging to Belarussian businessman
1 posted on 12/05/2012 4:55:15 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

LOL


2 posted on 12/05/2012 4:58:03 PM PST by Mears
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To: Uncle Chip

Someone has some explaining to do.


3 posted on 12/05/2012 4:59:38 PM PST by matt04
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To: Uncle Chip
Um, I suppose we shouldn't use this as an opportunity to tell Polish builder jokes?

employed a team of Polish builders

4 posted on 12/05/2012 4:59:56 PM PST by DManA
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To: Uncle Chip

Oooops!


5 posted on 12/05/2012 5:00:02 PM PST by Jemian
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To: Uncle Chip

“Polish workers,” eh. Maybe there’s something to those jokes. ;)


6 posted on 12/05/2012 5:00:46 PM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: Uncle Chip
LOL. I think it was a little revenge.

hehehehehe

You know. Poland. Russia.

Just a guess.

7 posted on 12/05/2012 5:03:27 PM PST by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Moeskie, Curlyskie and Joeskie


8 posted on 12/05/2012 5:04:40 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: DManA

But they did bulldoze the mansion and saved the outhouse.


9 posted on 12/05/2012 5:05:46 PM PST by DManA
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To: Tolkien

Consolation - “we renovate outhouse for freeee”


10 posted on 12/05/2012 5:08:50 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepissed)
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To: Uncle Chip
First thing I thought of was Mr. O'Reilley, the cheap contractor Basil always insisted on hiring on Fawlty Towers. Polish and Irish jokes being largely interchangeable and all.


11 posted on 12/05/2012 5:09:00 PM PST by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: DManA

Saved the outhouse,and promptly sub-leased it’s basement to the Poles.


12 posted on 12/05/2012 5:11:12 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Uncle Chip
I wonder if he needs any paintings restored...


13 posted on 12/05/2012 5:11:41 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Uncle Chip
Wow.

Russian oligarch? Those builders' lives aren't worth a plugged nickel now.

14 posted on 12/05/2012 5:13:32 PM PST by wideawake
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To: katana
"Polly, what have you done to my hotel chateau?"
15 posted on 12/05/2012 5:14:54 PM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Mistake? Incredibly valuable salvage there, you know it didn’t go to a landfill, don’t you?


16 posted on 12/05/2012 5:16:58 PM PST by HomeAtLast
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To: Farmer Dean

The Russian was walking past the outhouse and saw one of his Polish contractors throwing a 100 Eureo bill down the hole.

“What in the world are you doing?” he asked.

“I dropped a .5 Euro coin down there and I sure as heck am not going down there for half a Euro.”


17 posted on 12/05/2012 5:17:02 PM PST by DManA
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To: Uncle Chip

Having this Polish joke occur was probably the only way he could arrange the demolition. The newly wealthy Poles are probably lounging on the Mediterrean by now. And the Russian can rebuild the house the way he wants.


18 posted on 12/05/2012 5:17:26 PM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Tolkien
bingo... my thoughts exactly
19 posted on 12/05/2012 5:18:36 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Uncle Chip
Actually, now that I've read the article, it's possible the owner did want a teardown (he says it was in bad condition) so he could put up a replica with modern amenities.

It's better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission - the French authorities would probably have objected to full modernization of the lighting, plumbing, etc.

20 posted on 12/05/2012 5:18:41 PM PST by wideawake
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To: katana

Polish jokes, Irish jokes, they’re all good.

But I’ve never found Swede jokes very funny.


21 posted on 12/05/2012 5:22:02 PM PST by DManA
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To: wideawake

I’m in complete agreement...it was arranged and scripted to be a ‘mistake’, but the place was likely in terrible condition and could not be made livable. I’ve been to the nicer places that have been kept up in Germany, Netherlands and Italy...with tons of money put into a decade-long restoration. If you got lots of government money....you can wait a decade for full restoration. In this case? Erase your issue and start fresh.


22 posted on 12/05/2012 5:24:48 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: wideawake

I’m thinking of the Tom Hanks movie “The Money Pit”.


23 posted on 12/05/2012 5:26:59 PM PST by DManA
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To: pepsionice

I know. Could you even find anyone in France who knows how to fix “winding marble staircases”? And even if you could could even a Russian mafia boss afford the French marble staircase workers union rates?


24 posted on 12/05/2012 5:30:58 PM PST by DManA
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To: DManA
A better film is "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House."

-PJ

25 posted on 12/05/2012 5:36:59 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: wideawake

You are on to the real story...the costs to do a full renovation would be much, much more than a new manor, so they tear the old place down, say, “oops, my bad” and rebuild with new stuff.
A friend of mine who has a place in France told me today that this is not all that uncommon.


26 posted on 12/05/2012 5:38:31 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: Political Junkie Too

Cary Grant/Tom Hanks. Hmmmm hard to decide. (just kidding).


27 posted on 12/05/2012 5:44:48 PM PST by DManA
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To: Political Junkie Too

I’ve seen that movie but years ago so I went to Wikipedia. Seems in Blandings they end up tearing down the original house so yes, a much more appropriate analogy.


28 posted on 12/05/2012 5:50:11 PM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

Hope the polish guy is bonded.


29 posted on 12/05/2012 5:55:02 PM PST by Texas Songwriter ( i)
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To: DManA

There is a place in northern Italy, where tons of marble is pulled out and made into whatever you desire. I’m pretty sure that they can find a hundred Italians around who could still cut and fit a winding stairway in the old methods. I would agree...in England and France...there might be just two or three guys left. But in Italy? There’s probably 500 of these guys around.


30 posted on 12/05/2012 5:56:00 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: DManA
Hee-hee... When I said it was a "better" movie, I was thinking it was a better movie, not a better analogy. :-)

-PJ

31 posted on 12/05/2012 5:59:30 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Found this tidbit:

Grand total for the house and property was $38,000 according to Mrs. Blandings in their first night in the house. Assuming the factor used to arrive at the 2010 value show above is correct, the total cost of the house and property would be $340,000

Think of that. In 50 years the value of the dollar was devalued 90%

32 posted on 12/05/2012 6:05:19 PM PST by DManA
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To: DManA
Other fun things about the movie (made in 1948):

Blandings is an advertising executive living in Manhattan. His salary in the movie is $15,000/year.

-PJ

33 posted on 12/05/2012 6:12:20 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: DManA
But they did bulldoze the mansion and saved the outhouse.

Priorities!!!

34 posted on 12/05/2012 6:14:10 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Political Junkie Too

He was an ad man. Kind of a 1940s version of “Man Men”.

He saved his job by coming up with the slogan (actually his maid came up with it) If you ain’t eat’n Wham you ain’t eat’n ham.

They had MAIDS on $15,000/year. Unbelievable.


35 posted on 12/05/2012 6:25:32 PM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

Sorry “Mad Men”.


36 posted on 12/05/2012 6:27:25 PM PST by DManA
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To: DManA
Live-in maids.

-PJ

37 posted on 12/05/2012 6:27:41 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Uncle Chip

If they were working for the Obama administration it would be just another day on the job


38 posted on 12/05/2012 6:32:20 PM PST by inpajamas (http://outskirtspress.com/ONE)
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To: Uncle Chip

The AC-cent was on the wrong syl-LAL-ble.

Nice alliteration there, BTW.


39 posted on 12/05/2012 6:35:44 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Uncle Chip

Polish builders... Russian businessman...umm sure it was a misunderstanding ;)


40 posted on 12/05/2012 7:00:49 PM PST by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: Uncle Chip

“.....employed a team of Polish builders to renovate.....”

Key word: Polish.


41 posted on 12/05/2012 7:26:17 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Uncle Chip

In the 1970’s Steve Martin wrote a short story about a similar occurrence.

It seems a Mr. Rivers was New York City crane operator for a demolition company. He was sent to France for a special job. He started work, and due to a poorly drawn map, began the demolition of the Cathedral at Chatres.

He knocked out all of the stained glass and a couple of the walls of the structure.

He was sent back home immediately, and upon his return, went to the library and opened up books on the Cathedral and read about it. He thought to himself how lucky he was to have seen it before it was destroyed.


42 posted on 12/05/2012 7:59:34 PM PST by Perkalong (GOP 2012 = Whigs 1856)
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