100 Year Old French House of Louis Mantin Opens Its Doors

The Doors to a 100-Year-Old Mansion Are Unsealed in France

Do you think your home is museum-worthy? You may store your novels on an Ikea Billy or watch TV on a sofa you found on the street, but spectators might pay to see where you live . . . in 100 years. That's the case with affluent Frenchman Louis Mantin (d.1905), who stated in his will that his opulent late 19th century townhouse in central France should be left to the town of Moulins and used as a museum one century later. After essentially being abandoned since his death, the town scraped up the money to complete a painstaking restoration, cleaning roofs, floors, woodwork, paintings, and tapestries. The home just opened its doors to the public and lives on as an extraordinary time-capsule, revealing to museum-goers how people lived way back when. It also just so happens that the interiors are filled with luxurious furnishings, archaeological collections, Masonic paraphernalia, taxidermy of the day, and turn-of-the-century technology like a towel warming cabinet and a flushable toilet, all luxuries of the day.

If your own home were to be sealed up tomorrow, what furnishings and gadgets do you think 22nd century visitors would be intrigued by? A dual-flush toilet? A Snuggie?

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