Thursday, March 24, 2016
Acclaimed writer James Baldwin moved from New York to Paris in 1948 and then to Saint-Paul de Vence in the south of France, where he eventually died with his longtime lover, the obscure Swiss painter Lucien Happersberger. The vacant house on the Chemin du Pilon has been sadly neglected. Once Baldwin’s younger brother David died, the property reverted to the heirs of his friend and former landlady Jeanne Fauré. The property has subsequently been acquired by a real estate developer who plans to demolish what’s left of the house, subdivide the land, and build luxury villas.