Sign the petition to save James Baldwin's house

September 8, 2018

 

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION AT CHANGE.ORG

 

(Version française ci-dessous) 

 

FRANCE MUST SAVE JAMES BALDWIN'S HOME

 

WHEREAS the former home of the writer James Baldwin is currently undergoing conversion into a luxury apartment complex, a project that is opposed by the vast majority of the local populace and a multitude of James Baldwin admirers; and

 

WHEREAS James Baldwin was an emblematic figure of the American civil rights era, internationally recognized for his literary and political contributions to human rights and solidarity and awarded the Légion d'Honneur by Francois Mitterrand; and

 

WHEREAS James Baldwin hosted many important artists and writers at his home, key figures in the social and political movements of civil rights, including Nina Simone, Joséphine Baker, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Toni Morrison, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret and Marguerite Yourcenar; and

 

WHEREAS were it not for L’Architecte des Bâtiments de France, the place where James Baldwin lived and died would have been razed to the ground; and

 

WHEREAS the City of Saint Paul de Vence has shut down the construction site, citing multiple and serious infractions to the building permit; and

 

WHEREAS la SOCRI, one of the largest real estate developers in France, has a history of blatant disregard for historical preservation and the environment and has proven itself unworthy of the public trust; and

WHEREAS Sotheby’s, a highly regarded company with an otherwise admirable reputation for its respect for the legacy of artists, has affiliated itself with this project; and

 

WHEREAS we collectively mourn the lost opportunity for the enrichment of the patrimoine that would have resulted from the preservation of this important cultural site; and

 

WHEREAS we understand that if we do not draw the line here, rampant development of this beautiful medieval village is in our very near future:

 

WE ACKNOWLEDGE L’Architecte des Bâtiments des France for its important work and attention to detail;

 

WE ACKNOWLEDGE the mayor’s office in Saint Paul and notably its vice mayor for zoning for his strict enforcement of local building codes;

 

WE URGE both entities to continue to hold la SOCRI accountable;

 

We URGE Sotheby’s to end its partnership with La SOCRI;

 

WE REMIND local elected officials that their voters are watching and will not tolerate future projects of this kind in Saint Paul de Vence; and most importantly

 

WE URGE the St-Paul de Vence mayor’s office, l’Architecte des Bâtiments de France, the Ministry of Culture, UNESCO and the office of the President of the Republic to investigate creative solutions to reverse and rectify this tragic situation and instead envision an alternative future for James Baldwin's home that would benefit France's cutural heritage.

 

 

LA FRANCE DOIT SAUVEGARDER LA  MAISON DE JAMES BALDWIN