La Mothe Chandeniers is France’s largest crowdfunding campaign with 18000+ backers. This incredible success is actually the reflection of a simple truth: endangered heritage sites can no longer durably depend on one patron’s whims and finances. However, collectively, a group of concerned citizens can pool their resources in the service of a common vision: to save and preserve a landmark for generations to come. With its now ambassadors numbering in the tens of thousands, the castle’s future is now in good hands.

When Dartagnans and Adopte un château first discussed the venture of crowdbuying a monument, the key objectives were defined as saving endangered sites and allowing the public at large to enjoy a storied landmark.
Haven’t we all fantasized of buying a castle, maybe with family or friends? But how would one proceed in reality, when the costs tally in the millions and failure to move forward would condemn a historical landmark to an almost certain doom? In order to ensure the viability of this most unique operation, we have worked tirelessly with like-minded experts in their fields, be they lawyers, architects or heritage site specialists. After two years of hard work, we came up with a legal and business framework to organize and plan the ambitious project of restoring the castle of la Mothe Chandeniers to its former glory.


Comment avons nous choisi le château de la Mothe Chandeniers ?

After a couple meetings and phone calls with selected landmark owners and/or managers, the castle of la Mothe Chandeniers struck us as our best shot at creating a one-of-a kind heritage preservation effort. For this first venture, three sets of criteria were used in winnowing the long list of monuments we had compiled over the years:

  • Endangered site: the monument would have to be considered in great or imminent danger. Many heritage sites in France are unfortunately in great need of maintenance or reconstruction; we have estimated that as of today, 100+ landmark sites are in that category.
  • Storied history: heritage is not only about stone and mortar, but also about the lives of previous occupants, from wealthy patrons to talented artists to brave commoners. We looked hard at each monument to ensure the one we would choose would give tribute to bringing this distant past closer to us.
  • Aesthetic appeal: the landmark had to strike us in awe – simply beholding it in all its glory should send tingles through our spines. If after years of visiting and working on heritage sites a landmark could still make us feel that way, then surely the public at large would feel the same seeing it on a picture or a video.