(restoration of the Zola house, development of a Dreyfus museum)
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The house as seen from the Seine.
© Association du Musée Emile Zola

Summer 1895, in front of the
house: Gaston Picq-Brière,
Alexandrine and Émile Zola.
© Association du Musée Emile Zola

The house and grounds,
photographed by Émile Zola.
© Association du Musée Emile Zola
    A boat by the name of Nana carried the guests to Paradou, the chalet on the island in the middle of the Seine,
opposite the house.

Each morning, irrespective of the season, Zola sat down at the desk in his study to write the thousands of pages
that made up his correspondence, articles, and works.

On September 28th 1902, the Zolas returned to Paris. The writer died in the night, asphyxiated under mysterious

In 1905, Alexandrine handed the house at Médan over to the welfare services. The “Zola Foundation”
not only welcomed convalescents but it also opened its doors to “anyone who wished to visit the country
house to remember Émile Zola and to honour the memory of the illustrious writer”.

On March 21st 1983, Émile Zola’s former property was officially added to the list of France’s historic monuments
(the ISMH) : all the buildings together with the two farm buildings, the grounds and the garden with the greenhouse
were included.

Each year, the house and gardens play host to some 10,000 visitors.

“I want to have a vast working study with beds everywhere and a terrace overlooking the country.
So at peace am i in my little desert that i sometimes feel i never want to return to Paris”
Émile Zola, letter to Gustave Flaubert, 1878.

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