Cyprien Gaillard


My family used to own a castle in the Loire Valley in France. It was sold in the late '70s to an American real-estate company that owned vineyards in Napa Valley. The castle was dismantled rock by rock and shipped to San Francisco to be rebuilt in 1985 just outside of Napa, overlooking a vineyard on one side and a municipal golf course on the other. Last year I bought a piece of land in the south of France, so now I want to ship in a castle from America. Built in the Bronx by the great architect Paul Rudolph, the Tracey Towers will be demolished in 2014. I figure this could be the work of my life, to save them by moving them to France.