The history of the house
In 2006 Martine Quenot acquired, in it’s original condition, a vast property on rue de Mably which had served a noble family as a residence. She demolished partition walls, had needless details removed and cleared out several tons of rubble. A year later the building had turned into a guesthouse with a fresh appearance. After having been restored, then refurnished and decorated by Martine, it has regained splendour for a new purpose.
This house with character is part of Lorraine’s 18th century heritage. Some of the street’s buildings still even date back to the 16th century. This historical and certainly underestimated quarter of Nancy was in those days dedicated to religious life. Together with the nearby cathedral it constituted a cohesive ensemble within which lived the servants of the Church. The architectural ensemble has seen many changes in purpose and posession since this period, but has never suffered any major destruction. Lining the narrow streets of the quarter, the opaque façades could shield the inner courtyards and thus keep their secrets.
As a matter of fact, the number 7, rue de Mably housed a canonical community in the 18th century. Some centuries later the place still shows the traits of monachal life that once filled its cubbies and prayer rooms.
“I wished to renovate this house in order to restore its original purity. I made an effort to make the traces of later additions and modifications disappear. Then, I was keen to turn it into one of Nancy’s places of reference. Nancy is undervalued in many respects, although it holds a large number of treasures!” says Martine.