Ferdinand CHEVAL

Family tree of Ferdinand CHEVAL

Architect & Designer, Poet, Other, Sculptor

FrenchBorn Joseph Ferdinand CHEVAL

French postman who spent 33 years of his life building Le Palais Idéal (the "Ideal Palace") in Hauterives

Born on April 19, 1836 in Charmes-sur-l'Herbasse, France , France

Died on August 19, 1924 in Hauterives, France

Family tree

Report an error

This form allows you to report an error or to submit additional information about this family tree: Ferdinand CHEVAL (1836)

More information

Ferdinand Cheval lived in Châteauneuf-de-Galaure, in the Drôme département of France. He had left school at the age of 13 to become a baker's apprentice but eventually became a postman.



Cheval began the building in April 1879. He claimed that he had tripped on a stone and was inspired by its shape. He returned to the same spot the next day and started collecting stones.

...  


For the next 33 years, during his daily mail route, Cheval carried stones from his delivery rounds and at home used them to build his Palais idéal, the Ideal Palace. First he carried the stones in his pockets, then a basket and eventually a wheelbarrow. He often worked at night, by the light of an oil lamp.



Cheval spent the first two decades building the outer walls. The Palace is a mix of different styles with inspirations from the Bible to Hindu mythology. Cheval bound the stones together with lime, mortar and cement.



Cheval also wanted to be buried in his palace. However, since that is illegal in France, he proceeded to spend eight more years building a mausoleum for himself in the cemetery of Hauterives. Cheval died on August 19, 1924, around a year after he had finished building it, and is buried there.



© Copyright Wikipédia authors - This article is under licence CC BY-SA 3.0


 

Geographical origins

The map below shows the places where the ancestors of the famous person lived.

Loading... An error has occured while loading the map.