FRIENDS OF E-1027, INC.
Friends of e.1027 an organization devoted to raising funds for the restoration and preservation of e.1027, the modernist villa designed and built by Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici on the southern coast of France in Roquebrune-Cap Martin. The organization was first conceived in 1998, after Sandra Gering's visit to the site, when the building was in a state of disrepair after years of neglect and vandalism. Since then, Friends of e.1027 has been closely working with the French government and the township of Roquebrune-Cap Martin, who together purchased the villa in partnership with the Conservatoire du littoral. This important work of modern architecture was subsequently classified as a French National Cultural Monument. Under the auspices of Pierre-Antoine Gatier, Architecte en Chef et Inspecteur Général des Monuments Historiques, renovations have been underway for the past decade, with emergency repairs being completed by 2006. So far, major renovations to the exterior of the house have been completed including the façades, roof, and other exterior surfaces. Additionally, renovations to the interior walls and surfaces are complete. Once the house is fully restored and refurbished with copies of its original furniture and decor, it will be maintained as a public museum with an onsite study and exhibition center for architecture and design in conjunction with the Corbusier foundation. Friends of e.1027 intends to create a fund to send a young architectural student abroad each year for a month-long study program at the study center.