Tales of France: A History of the Great Chateaux

Explore the legends and lore of French chateaux in this illustrated lecture series featuring the photography of John Tschirch, who has spent several years researching, writing and traveling amongst these renowned landmarks. The French country house is considered the ultimate expression of the “art of living,” achieving a harmony of architecture, interiors, furnishings and gardens.  Each chateau captures a moment in French history and culture, preserving and illuminating the tales of the past.


This four part series includes:

Wednesday, August 16 - Chenonceaux: Chateau of the Ladies

Wednesday, August 23 - Fontainbleau: Gilded Hunting Lodge

Wednesday, August 30 - Vaux-le-Vicomte: Classical Splendor

Wednesday, September 13 - Malmaison: An Empress’s Paradise


The Lecturer

John Tschirch is an award winning architectural historian, writer and teacher specializing in the architectural and social evolution of houses and landscapes. His thirty-year career in historic preservation has brought him across the globe from English castles and Argentinian mansions to French chateaux. He is presently writing short stories and a historical fiction novel trilogy series based in late 17th century France that is rich in the architecture, gardens, food and fashion of the period. 


Tickets are $25 per lecture, or $75 for a series pass. Click Here to purchase tickets. Wine and cheese will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture 6:00 p.m.

This lecture series is generously sponsored by Marianne Wolfensberger-Jarzombek.