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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The glass roof helped light the entire home, the mirror allowed for further illumination. This home is the epitome of abandonment illuminated.
Where is the abandoned Chateau Lumiere located? You can find it with these coordinates. 48.262930, 7.224022.