Genesis of the asc
de Chefdebien inherited Cropières into 1976 his/her dependent
mother Valady. After having ensured itself that his/her Hugues son
would take his continuation it the naked-property gave some him.
Very anxious by
the dangers of new collapses, it tried to gain with the Middle East,
what to undertake essential work of consolidation. Alas! after a
few prosperous years, the brutal fall of the courses of the crude
oil involved the rupture of many contracts, the closing of its company
of irrigation and paysagism and the loss of all the benefit. Not
being able more to face the essential expenditure to save Cropières,
it created with his son the ASC (Association for the Safeguard of
the castle of Cropières). Their idea was to multiply, thanks
to the gifts of its members, the modest funds of which they laid
out by investing part of those in this association instead of devoting
them directly to work of consolidation in order to be able, thus,
to realize some more. They thus take charges all the expenses of
them of the association of which all the receipts are assigned to
the payment of work of safeguard approved by the State.
Because of its classification
like Historic building, the State deals with half of the cost of
committed work but with height only of the contribution of the private
one. The Architects of the Historic buildings decide those, choose
the companies and supervise their realization. A first study financed
for half by the Ministry for the Culture and the owner (34 500 francs
each one) estimated at approximately 5 million francs the value
of the the works of consolidation.
first (200 000 francs) was carried out without the assistance of
the ASC. It made it possible to eliminate the risks of immediate
collapse by the installation of stays and ties (disgracieux alas!)
as well as the setting in sure place of the woodworks and paintings
which remained in the large room. The second (500 000 francs, including
250 000 paid by the ASC) was finished in 1998. It made it possible
to consolidate the Northern Wing definitively.
A third section of
3,5 million francs had been envisaged by the Ministry for the Culture,
which asked for to the owner an amount of 80.000 francs like participation
(50%) in the expenses work study of this phase.
In front of impossibility
of joining together the share of private of this work (1,75 million
francs) the owner asked the Historic buildings that this project
be abandoned, that the 80.000 francs are assigned to work complementary
to consolidation and that the complete repair of the monumental
staircase is programmed (cost: 600000 frs to divide 50/50%). These
three points were accepted.
Obstructed to receive
contributions without counterpart, C. de Chefdebien wrote two novels
which are exclusively reserved to the members of Association. They
are numbered and dedicated by the author. Third is in the course
of drafting. First is based on real facts which had Cropières
for framework at the beginning of the XVIIème century.