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Denis's facade was, on the other hand, one of those influenced by St. ) The apse of the choir was surrounded by a walkway (ambulatory)from which chapels radiated and opened onto each other. This first Gothic choir in Normandy was much imitated. Its construction permitted much more light into the church than the old Romanesque apse and it seemed much more open, much more expansive. Guillemus, the architect, introduced new decorative details, in particular chevrons and crockets (decorative leaves that curve upwards), and he pierced holes in parts of the walls above arches in the apse to visually lighten these surfaces.
Louvois, one of Louis XIV's ministers, bought it in 1683, and his family held on to it until 1844, when the Clermonts bought it back. They sold it in 1980, when the furniture, which had remained with the chateau since the beginning, was auctioned. It suffered quasi-abandon until an American, Stephen Roy, purchased it in 1999 and began a restoration. Ancy is now owned by Paris Investir, which continues the restoration. F u r t h e r Reading Blunt, Anthony. Revised by Richard Beresford. An and Architecture in Prance: 15001700.
They can be dated as easily by most people as architecture from any other period, although a Postmodern revival of the style has somewhat confused the issue. The Depression, World War II, and the economic problems that followed it effectively halted building in France, and few French architects built much of lasting significance from the 1930s to the 1980s. Nevertheless, several of Le Corbusier's most important buildings were built during this period. Ronchamp (Notre-Dame-du-Haut) and the L'Unite ^Habitation (known as the Marseilles Block) are among the most important pieces of architecture of the twentieth century.