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.
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: