Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors

Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors

This stunning forgotten mansion of glass dubbed Château Lumière (among many other names including Chateau Burrus, Manoir au Puit de lumière, Chateau Keller and Manoir a la Verrière) is at 76 Rue Maurice Burrus, in the commune of Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines, department of Haut-Rhin, the region of Grand-Est, France.

Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
The exterior of the beautiful Castle of Light

Built and completed by 1903, this little castle was architecturally styled in Neo-Baroque. It was classified as a historical monument in 1993 and remains under its protected status. It has over 30 rooms, an elevator, 4 floors and a floor space of 1,000 meters squared.

Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
Marble walls in lavish bathrooms.

The owner of this gloriously decayed manor was none other that Maurice Burrus of the Burrus family. An integral part of Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines, the Burrus family were benefactors to the small mining town. Maurice resided in this stately manor all the way through the late 1930’s, as it was more than likely originally constructed by his parents. They were the prominent tobacco industrialists in Alsace.

Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
Glass roof lighting the full main interior.
Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
Wrought iron decorative railing looking down on the main floor.

During World War I, he refused to supply the German armies with tobacco. His actions landed him in prison for less than a year. Sometime after the 1930’s, his property was seized or so the story goes. As World War II raged on, the castle was named Chateau Keller and was used as a place for wounded soldiers.

Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
Wooden room with fireplace.
Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
An old stove.

Upon Maurice Burrus’ death in 1959, the castle was sold and bought several times through the latter part of the 20th century. It is falling continuously into decay. The mirror in the entrance hall is now broken. Glass from the illuminating roof has been busted with rocks. Graffiti tags, more busted and broken spots, faucets had been stolen and marble flooring has been broken. Statues in the overgrown yard have been defaced as well.

Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
The stunning bathrooms speak volumes in this home.
Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
Citroën 2CV!

A “deux chevaux”, this Citroën 2CV is in a rusty orange red color. It has been abandoned as long as the house has been forgotten. The windows have been broken and it has been tagged with graffiti as well. The license plate reads 7833R067.

Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
The mirror has now been somewhat trashed, it is unclear if that means it was broken or not.

The glass roof helped light the entire home, the mirror allowed for further illumination. This home is the epitome of abandonment illuminated.

Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
Vines grow up the outside of this large home.
Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
Vintage door knobs and decorative molding on the bathroom door.
Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
Maurice Burrus.
Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
Google street view of the overgrown gate leading to the Chateau Lumiere.

Where is the abandoned Chateau Lumiere located? You can find it with these coordinates. 48.262930, 7.224022.

Château Lumière the House of Light and Mirrors
Aerial view of Chateau Lumiere.

Photographs 1 – 12 by Sebastian Meisinger / Flickr. Licensed under CC. Image 13 under Public Domain. Images 14 and 15 Google Street View and Google Maps.

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