The Pavillon Frais is located opposite the
exquisite Pavillon Français with a wonderful site
line between the two buildings, complementing one another.
The beautiful and fanciful enclosed garden of the Pavillon
Frais was unique to Versailles and additional focal points
included two elongated water basins with two perfectly formed
parterres. Preliminary excavations revealed that the interiors
of these pools were decorated with mosaic tiling, not used
anywhere else at Versailles. Topiary orange trees provided
an alluring scent.
Sadly, the Pavillon Frais was demolished
under Napoleon in 1810 and the parterres and basins in 1813.
The Pavillon and its gardens were scheduled to be restored
in 1980, but due to the lack of funds only the stone structure
was done (without the garden, interiors, trelliswork and
adornment). It has since fallen into disrepair and longs
to be restored. With this in mind, the American Friends
of Versailles have taken on this challenge.
America and France will, once again, unite
within the cultural arena to help preserve the history and
beauty of Versailles for future generations. With your help,
interest, support and dedication, we hope to successfully
complete the restoration of this historical jewel, the Pavillon
Frais. Please join us in making this dream become a reality.
Merci Mille Fois!