A restoration project in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes supported as part of the recovery plan.

The Cachat bar in Evian-les-Bains was built by architect Albert Hebrard between 1903 and 1905.
After the inauguration, tourists and water drinkers discover a vast hall with a wooden dome, all in the art nouveau style with lush ornamentation. The decoration will be completed in 1906 by the statue of a nymph symbolizing the Cachat source and which sits in the middle of four basins from which flows the precious water that fills the glasses of the curists.

This magnificent building located near the source, discovered in 1807 by Gabriel Cachat, houses lounges, post office, ticket counter for boat crossings, Bi-daily concerts are given there and thus become a high place of the worldliness of the spa.

A companion masterpiece

the Cachat snack bar is a companion masterpiece, an atypical and original work with multiple influences. The wooden dome of the first level is of great complexity. Its composition in small wood reveals an exceptional mastery of the structural line.

After the Second World War, the snack bar lost its original use and was then partly transformed into an office for the SAEME (Société Anonyme des Eaux Minérales d'Evian), the large hall remaining open to the public. In 1959 a new bar was built by the architect Novarina and the engineer Prouvé.

Today, it is the property of the city that wishes to make it again a place of animation in the heart of Evian-les-Bains.

The passage of time

The time, use and events of life have caused degradation and even disappearance of certain parts or elements, with «brutal» interventions to consolidate the structure.

The general diagnosis of the building carried out in 2018 by the architectural firm RL&A revealed the poor general condition and especially the weakness of the wooden structure, and thus trigger an emergency consolidation operation. The building permit was issued on 27 November 2019.

The work in progress

The first phase of work really began in 2021, after the safety of the cathedral glasses, it concerns the restoration of the covered enclosure including the interior walls (walls, ceilings and under the roof face of the upper level).

Evian-les Bains Buvette Cachat
Evian-les-Bains - Buvette Cachat - restauration 2021

Several state bodies will work on this site: masonry - ashlar, structural-roofing, carpentry, metalwork, electricity, asbestos abatement, decorations.

Evian-les Bains Buvette Cachat
Evian-les Bains - Buvette Cachat - restauration 2021
Sustained operation under the recovery plan

The total amount of the work amounts to €4,676,575 excluding tax - As part of the recovery plan, the financial participation of the State - DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes amounts to €1,027,905 or 25% of the total amount.

La Buvette Cachat is protected as a historical monument - inscription April 26, 1986

Project owner: Municipality of Evian-les-Bains

Project manager: Didier Repellin from the RL&A architectural firm (construction site follow-up: Romain Larcher, heritage architect)

Scientific and technical control: Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Construction begins: October 2020 after a asbestos abatement operation

Completion: April 2022

And then.
A second phase of work will start in 2023, it will concern the reconstruction identical to the Promenoir West destroyed by a fire in 1954 as well as the restoration and the development of the interior.