Favorite thing: An amazing sculpture stands in front of the Casino. It is called "Le Poisson batailleur annonceur de metamorphoses" and was ordered by the city to the sculptor Richard Texier for the celebration of the beginning of the 3rd millenary. It was inaugurated on December 23rd 2000.
Favorite thing: This house stands at the crossing between Avenue Foch and Avenue Joseph Clotis. It has nothing special in its architecture but, as it often occurs in Provence, the colors of the front are enough to transform an otherwise plain building into a part of the scenery.
Favorite thing: Towards the top of Avenue Victor Hugo, not far from Avenue des Îles d'Or, there stands a church that bears on top of the entrance "DOM sub invocatione Matris misericordiae et sp Francisci". This is obviously a Franciscan Catholic church and it must have been built in Godillot's time but I have not found any information about it.
Favorite thing: Sundial "les Rangers" stands on the front of a house next to Villa Saint Hubert, on avenue des Îles d'Or. The sundial is adorned with lemons but I have been unable to establish what was the connection between "les Rangers" and lemons! May be "les Rangers" is the name of the building and that lemons are there just because we are in Hyères! May be!
Cercle militaire "Mixte"!!
"Cercle militaire" is for "Militars club" I suppose, and "mixte" stands for "mixed", both sexes. Obviously the posting "Cercle militaire" has been there for a long time and is stone carved. "Mixte" has been added recently and I wonder if it is not carved on wood! I will not comment!
At the other end of Place Théodore Lefebvre, another monument bears the following inscription.
In loving memory of Marianne Stewart who died 18th august 1900. She laboured for many years in the cause of mercy to animals. Her last wish was that a drinking fountain should be set up for them in Hyères, in fulfillment of which this is erected. Her friend and co-worker, G.L. Bachell.
The fountain is still there but is not flowing anymore. Anyway, there are no horses anymore in Hyères, that would need a gulp of water!
Favorite thing: On Place Théodore Lefebvre, the Monument aux Morts (War Memorial) is topped by a woman holding a spear. On two sides, it bears an impressive list of citizens from Hyères that died at WW1. The two other sides bear the names of citizens that died at WWII and at the war in Algeria.
Favorite thing: Villa Léonie, 7 avenue Ambroise Thomas is an example of the small functional buildings that were built in the 1930s for renting, when holidaymakers began to visit Hyères in Summer instead of Winter. The décor is limited to the name of the villa on top of the entrance.
Favorite thing: At number 26 Place Théodore Lefebvre, bat C (building C), I have spotted this amazing sundial in a 1935 style. I needed some time to read what was carved on top as some letters are half hidden by roses and other flowers. It gives the name of the building: "les Floralies".
Favorite thing: Villa La Provence, 20 avenue Andrée de David de Beauregard was built in the 1930s. The name fits with the style of the architecture. Beginning in the 1920-1930 period, villas were smaller than previously and took their inspiration in the Provencal traditional architecture. This one is a good example of this period.
Favorite thing: At the crossing of avenue Andrée de David de Beauregard and Boulevard Godillot, this large villa was built in the 1930 for renting to holiday makers. The staircase, in the central tower allows to reach the apartments in each aisle. At the cross road, a fountain offered by Godillot (next tip)
Favorite thing: Le Clos fleuri was built in the 1930s on a triangular parcel at a cross road, 2 rue Saint Rémy. The architect has played with the shape of the parcel to build a house with irregular volumes that can be seen from every direction, as each side is a front. The half embedded tower topped by a large roof adds to the strangeness of the architecture.
Favorite thing: The Casino des Palmiers (Palm trees Casino), avenue Ambroise-Thomas, was built between 1850 and 1902 by several architects, one after the other. Chapoulart was one of them. In 1962, the casino stopped its activity and was bought by the city in 1980. In 1991, it was entirely restructured.
Favorite thing: Grand Hotel, 62 avenue des Îles d'Or, was built in 1850 and was the first of the luxury hotels in Hyères. The architects were Victor Trotobas and Léon David. It was an entirely new concept, a kind of town in the town with over a hundred bed rooms, all looking southwards, a dining room for over 200 guests, a winter garden, magnificent salons, etc. In 1855-56, it received 45% of the visitors of Hyères. In 1902, one level was added and it received a new décor. In 1950, it was turned by the architect Léon David into private apartments and most of the original fitting out was lost.
Favorite thing: A little further east on avenue des Îles d'Or, several buildings are fine examples of Art Nouveau style. The street is not very wide and it is not possible to move back enough for the photo, even with wide-angle lens. I have made close-ups on the most characteristic parts of the buildings.