CnP: The chateau was used for agricultural purposes. Obviously such approach to a historic building would affect any kind of interiors, decor, frescoes, etc. How bad was it? And which sources did you use to restore the interiors, to choose the right colors, etc.?
JPL: I assembled all available material including a 1925 book, Le Chateau du Sailhant et Ses Seigneurs, photographs taken prior to the nineteenth century work and books on French chateaux-forts and chateaux of the Auvergne. I commissioned France Brunon, a local genealogist and researcher, to search the archives throughout the country and commissioned Christian Corvisier, an architectural historian and Doctor of Medieval Archeology, to investigate the chateau, review Madame Brunon's findings and prepare a monograph. The conservation directive was to understand the construction chronology, conserve and leave intact the existing composition, install concealed heating, plumbing and electrical systems and to determine original finishes through paint and fabric analyses and investigative probes.