The Broken Column House at the Désert de Retz, was built by the aristocrat François Nicolas Henri Racine de Monville who used it as his main residence before the French Revolution. The house was designed to look like a ruined classical column, complete with fake cracks on the walls! Unfortunately, the building and the surrounding garden were actually abandoned for real. A restoration program was initiated in the 1980s.
Photo by Michael Kenna (1988)
Photo by Michael Kenna (1993)