As you stroll through Deauville, villas, manors and exceptional buildings bear witness to the history of the seaside resort. Through the diversity of styles and their sometimes audacious interweaving, Deauville illustrates its unique creative identity.

An open-air museum!


Béatrice Augier

The cottages

Finely chiseled wood balconies and large openings

The use of the term "chalet" appears from the creation of the resort. These architectural references stem from the hygienist movement of the mid-19th century. The importance of nature, fresh air, the sea or the forest, founded a new relationship with the living environment and the organization of the house around large openings. Examples: Villa Camelia - Boulevard Cornuché - Villa Sweet-cottage, 26 rue Jean Mermoz

Béatrice Augier

Art nouveau & art deco

Raw concrete, curves and mosaics

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements clashed with the Anglo-Norman style of the town. These styles found in Deauville some masterful achievements with a deliberately modern style. Examples: The Post Office, rue Robert Fossorier - The Pompeian Baths along the promenade des Planches - The Viewpoint, Place des six fusillés - The Villa les Abeilles at 15, boulevard Cornuché.

Center International de Deauville

The villas of the Second Empire

Bricks and material work

They are the oldest, the most sober, in monochrome or polychrome brick, with carved stones, niches, pilasters or busts on the facades. The effects are created by the methods of covering (overhanging roofs, hips, penetrations, gables...) and the materials used (natural or glazed terracotta, limestone and brick, colored earthenware, plaster and hexagonal rubble...). Examples : Villa Sainte Claire, headquarters of the Community of Communes Coeur Cote Fleurie, 12, rue Robert Fossorier - Le Cercle, at the corner of Rue Jacques Le Marois and Boulevard Cornuché - La Villa Suzanne, 11 Boulevard Cornuché.

Delphine Barré

The historicist current


The builders of the 19th century had a passion for history. The seaside villas of Deauville from this period were very eclectic, mixing borrowings from classical, Italian and Flemish styles. The strong infatuation of this century for the medieval period, under the influence of theorists such as Viollet-Leduc, brought this dominant style. The historicist reference has strongly marked the architecture of the city. Example: Villa le Paradou, 83, rue Victor Hugo

Sandrine Boyer Engel

The Norman style

Wooden panels, checkerboards and colors

Following this historicist movement, the Norman style was imposed in Deauville, born of the infatuation with several centuries of rural construction in the Pays d'Auge: half-timbered houses, checkerboard brickwork, use of painted wood and subtle roofing... From the 1920s on, the wood decor was even made of painted cement. Examples: The Normandy Hotel, Place François André - The Town Hall at 20, rue Robert Fossorier - The Strassburger villa at 1, Avenue Strassburger.


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Résidence de l'Horloge
Quai de l'Impératrice Eugénie
14800 Deauville
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Place Jean Mermoz
14640 Villers-sur-Mer
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32 bis avenue Michel d'Ornano
14910 Blonville-sur-Mer
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40 rue du Général Leclerc
14113 Villerville
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20 Place Lemercier
14800 Touques
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Promenade Louis Delamare
(behind the first-aid post)
14800 Tourgéville
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