Jean Walter

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Jean Walter, (Montbéliard, 1883, Dordives – 1957), was a French architect who mainly worked for public housing, hospital architecture, and condominiums .


After his graduation in 1902 from the École Spéciale d'Architecture, he participated in the First World War, which he ended after an injury as a military attaché for Georges Clemenceau.

Having detected in 1925 a rich ore body of lead and zinc close to Oujda in Morocco, he founded in 1935 the "Société des mines de Zellidja", which brings him wealth an notoriety. He married in 1941 Domenica Guillaume, the widow of art dealer Paul Guillaume.

He died suspiciously in 1957 after being hit by a car, leading some to speculate that his wife was responsible for his death.[1][2]

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  1. ^ "Domenica ou la diabolique de l'art". France 5. Retrieved 10 February 2010. Paul Guillaume strangely died of an ulcer badly treated by his wife...Jean Walter then become rich by owning mine Zellidjain Morocco. Domenica smells the bargain and ask him to marry her! Jean Walter died in a strange and suspicious accident about twenty years later ...Unscrupulous and without any maternal feelings, Domenica appoints his brother, Jean Lacaze and her lover, Dr. Lacour, to hire a hit man to murder his adopted son. The hired killer, Major Ray, turns out to be a paratrooper, as the victim was, and he denounced the ploy. The scandal is inevitable!...André Malraux, Minister of Culture would have proposed a deal: impunity and no prison if she "bequeathed" all his art collection to the State
  2. ^ Noce, Vincent (11 February 2010). "Domenica dans ses basses œuvres". Libération. Domenica Walter William (1898–1977) avidly collected lovers and master paintings. Story of a life marked by the mysterious death of her two husbands and an attempted murder against her adopted son

Further reading[edit]

  • « La première cité-jardin de France : Cité coopérative de Draveil », L’Architecture, Paris, 1914, pp. 237–241.
  • F. Honoré, « Un hôpital "en hauteur" à Clichy », L’illustration, n°4614, 8 août 1931, Paris, 1931, pp. 494–495.
  • Julius Posener, « Le nouvel hôpital Beaujon à Clichy », Architecture d’aujourd’hui, 1934, n°9, Boulogne, 1934, pp. 17–22.
  • Jean Favier, « Le Concours de la Cité Hospitalière de Lille », La Construction Moderne, 50e année, n° 9, Paris, 2 décembre 1934, pp. 198–215.
  • Notice sur la Cité hospitalière de Lille, Lille, Imprimerie L. Danel, sans date et sans nom d’auteur, ca. 1937, 8 p. :ill.
  • Jean Walter, Renaissance de l’architecture médicale, Paris, E. Desfossés, 1945, 209 p. :ill.
  • Stéphanie Samson, Le transfert de l’hôpital Beaujon à Clichy, mémoire de maîtrise, Université de Paris I, 1996, 200 p. :ill.
  • Florence Trystam, La Dame au grand chapeau, l’histoire vraie de Domenica Walter Guillaume, Paris, Flammarion, 1996, 252 p.
  • Merry Bromberger, Comment ils ont fait fortune, 1954 (Plon)