Developer Prepares To Gut Bastide’s Guard House for Modern Renovation

We have word this week from Saint-Paul de Vence of recent activity at the house. Construction trucks have been spotted and our sources tell us workers have orders to remove debris and rubble from the site.

These are construction workers, not archivists. There’s no telling what damage is being done and which artefacts are being discarded at this historic space.

This renovation work is being done at the guard house which we understand is slated to become a model apartment to entice buyers. This guard house was the former home of Jimmy’s personal secretary and lifelong confident, the dancer Bernard Hassell, who performed with Les Folies Bergère in Paris. A protest against this is scheduled in Saint-Paul de Vence for 22 April. Become a member and join us in resisting this destruction at Jimmy’s home.