The FRIENDS OF THE OLD CHAMONIX offer the following conference:
From the second half of the 19th century, not only in Switzerland but also in Europe, a multitude of companies specialized in the production and construction of "Swiss chalets" emerged. These companies are inspired by vernacular architectural forms dating from the 16th century and readjust them for a new clientele, in search of pastoralism: from the high alpine peaks, the chalets descend in the plain, then invade the cities for a fleeting fashion. The models were chosen from the catalog and then delivered, within about two months, by rail. At the end of the 19th century, some architects seized the object "chalet" and developed a real architectural theme which was, unfortunately, rejected and despised by the official history of architecture. We know better the revival of the chalet, stereotyped and developed from the 1930s across the Alps until questioning the future of the current chalet.