The second conference offered during the "Mardis de la Drac" in Toulouse will take place on Tuesday 18 April at 6 pm at the Saint-Jean hotel, on the theme "Valmirande" or the subtle games of architecture and landscape in the Belle Époque, by Alix Audurier Cros.

The "Drac Tuesdays"

"Valmirande" or the subtle games of architecture and landscape in the Belle Époque

Lecture proposed by Alix Audurier Cros, Professor Emeritus in Architecture, member of the Remarkable Garden Commission

Tuesday, April 18 at 6 pm

Old Stables Room
Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs Occitania
32 rue de la Dalbade
31000 Toulouse

Free entry within the limit of available places.

Domaine de Valmirande

The castle of Valmirande, built by Bertrand-Marie-François, baron de Lassus (1880 - 1909), is an ex-nihilo creation of the late 19th centurye century. The site, located in Montrejeau (Haute-Garonne), is chosen for its view of the Pyrenees.
The castle and its outbuildings were built from 1893, in a Renaissance style, by the Bordeaux architect Louis Garros and his two sons Jean and Alexandre.
The park, first designed by landscape architect Eugène Bühler, creators of the Tête d'Or park in Lyon and the Borély park in Marseille, was taken over from 1909 to 1919 by landscape architect René-Édouard André.
A chapel was built from 1903 to 1905 and a second library in 1910.

The castle, the park and the outbuildings have been classified as historical monuments since December 14, 1992.


"The Tuesdays of the Drac"


This cycle of monthly conferences, aims to share knowledge and to make known the work done by the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs of Occitanie, and its partners, in the fields of creation, architecture and heritage.

Upcoming conferences at the Saint-Jean Hotel

  • May 23
    The fortified caves in the upper county of Foix (Ariège), XIIe-XIVe centuries Florence Guillot, archaeologist-historian
  • June 20
    Excavations of the ancient and medieval walls of Toulouse, rue Bida Bastien Lefebvre, curator of heritage, Drac Occitanie

To find out more

Les "Mardis de la Drac" 2023, creation, architecture, heritage