Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Le lycée Hoche

Hoche high school is undergoing... messy work. It is ranked among the top 10 high schools in France. The building, which was designed by Richard Mique and completed in 1772, was once a nunnery founded by Queen Marie Leszczyńska. It became a school after the French Revolution and was named after General Hoche. Read more about it here.
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Le lycée Hoche fait partie des meilleurs établissements de France, y compris pour les prépas. Il fait actuellement l'objet de travaux. Antérieurement un couvent fondé par la reine Marie Leszczyńska, achevé en 1772 sur les plans de Richard Mique, il est devenu école après la Révolution et nommé d'après le général Hoche, versaillais de naissance. Pour ceux qui veulent en savoir plus, c'est par ici.

30 comments:

tapirgal said...

What a mess! I'm sure it will be beautiful when it's done, like everything in Versailles seems to be. I see the potential already in the nice dome.

brattcat said...

What an exquisite building in a magnificent setting...even with the mess it is easy to see what a fabulous place this is.

Clueless in Boston said...

Magnificent looking building for a high school. Lucky the students who go to this school.

James said...

It looks like a great old building. Much nicer than my high school that was built in the late 1960's. I hope they fix it up soon.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

For someone who grew up in the USA, it is hard to imagine a high school in a building that was constructed in 1772. In fact, Julie and I were married at the Arizona Inn, which is on the USA's National Register of Historic Places, in part because it is so old for Arizona. It was built in . . . . . 1930.

Olivier said...

cela me change des lycées modernes d'Evry ;)

Dina said...

Muddy muddy. Hope the kids have a cleaner way to enter their school.

VP said...

An impressive building for one of the best school in France. The mess is much more familiar...

Bergson said...

encore un coup à faire l'école buissonière

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

It is a great example of a classic example of craftsmanship in the late 1700s; and the photograph is excellent with the earthy colors.

Rebecca said...

I have to giggle at this because out school district tour down our high school because it was a ghastly 50 years old.

Carlos Lorenzo said...

That's an amazing building for a high school. Well, all covered in mud, it still looks wonderful in the distance. It must be géniale once it's finished.

Catherine said...

On aplanit la voie qui conduit aux meilleurs résultats ?

Small City Scenes said...

Quite a building to still be in use. Excellent craftmanship. You know we will need a finished picture. MB

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful old building, great that it's still being taken care of and used.

Jacob said...

Only in France would a high school look like the Palais Versailles!

So fascinating!

Halcyon said...
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Halcyon said...

I don't think high schools in the US are ranked. This one does look very nice from the outside. Hope they get the work done soon!

B SQUARED said...

What an impressive looking building to house a school.

Malyss said...

ça, c'est de la rénovation!! Mais quand on voit le bâtiment, ça doit être motivant d'y étudier, c'est commme Oxford ou Harvard (toutes proportions gardées)
Un swap , c'est sympa, mais il faut que quelqu'un d'autre l'organise, car c'est un sacré boulot! Il y en a plusieurs en cours chez Herisson 08. Vas-y faire un tour, tu trouveras peut-être ton bonheur.

afv said...

But soon as it is done, then the mess would out of sight...and would be a building with great structure i bet.

lizziviggi said...

It must be amazing to attend a high school with such a rich history. Is it open while all this work is going on? I hope you'll show us the finished product when they're done!

Sharon Van Lieu said...

What a great building to go to school in! It must be rather daunting for a child to walk into those huge doors.

Sharon

Un regard offert said...

On dirait bien que l'Éducation National investit...

BaysideLife said...

It's wonderful that you have such a rich history of architecture, but more importantly, that this building was appreciated enough to be preserved and reused. I'm sure it will be even more lovely when the work is done.

P.S. I've left a question for you on my last posting.

JM said...

Great building for a high school! No wonder it's ranked among the top 10!

Cezar and Léia said...

It does look messy now but I bet it will shine in glory again soon!
God bless you!
Cezar

glasgowdailyphoto said...

The last sight I'd expect to see in Versailles!

Sorry I have been absent from commenting here (and on everyone else's blog too, pretty much), life has been a bit full on recently. But I appreciate your comment, and hope you have a happy and prosperous 2010!

Jackie

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

I am sure that it will look much better when they finish moving the mud around! A lovely building, good photo.
Three Rivers Daily Photo

Paulie said...

What a neat old building. I find it funny when people call it a nunnery -- here, we call it a convent.