Hôtel de préfecture des Deux-Sèvres

The building, built from 1828 to 1830 in the neoclassical style by the departmental architect Segrétain, replaces an old botanical garden.
Polygonal in shape, this garden included an icehouse, a plantation of fruit trees, an orangery, hot baths and a swimming school on the banks of the Sèvre.
Two sculptures of nymphs on the triangular pediment of the building symbolize the Sèvre Niortaise and Nantes, two rivers taking their source in the department. Between the two women, Marianne is represented, almost erased.

Baron Etienne Dupin, husband of Danton's widow, was one of the youngest prefects in France at 33 years old and the first of Deux-Sèvres in 1800. He founded a science and arts teaching establishment , an agricultural society and a charity office to abolish begging, reforested the entire department…

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