47 Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Built circa 1900, for Meredith Howland (1833-1912) and his wife Adelaide (1846-1932), a grand-daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Meredith Howland's sister, Rebecca, was the first wife of James Roosevelt, father of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Meredith Howland died here in 1912 and his widow continued to divide her time between here and Paris. She was a prominent society hostess whose circle included Marcel Proust and on most afternoons, "she welcomed friends for tea and bridge"....
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The Howlands were said to be the only Americans in Cannes admitted into the inner circle of the leading French and English residents who made the town fashionable. Their villa stood on the grounds of the Grand Hotel of Cannes and after Mrs Howland's death in 1932 it became the hotel's gaming and tea room. Today, the villa is called "La Malmaison," the last Belle Epoque remnant of what was the Grand Hotel complex. It still stands on the seafront and today houses an art exposition known as the "Centre d'Art La Malmaison".
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Contributed by Mark Meredith on 20/01/2020 and last updated on 18/10/2021.
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