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Family values

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The Maisons Jaoul, wrote James Stirling of Le Corbusier's foray into domestic architecture in 1955, 'could be inhabited by any civilised family'. What would he have thought about the Palumbos? Having bought and restored the homes in Paris's Bois de Boulogne, originally designed for father and son, the Palumbo family trust which owns the pair has put them up for sale via Knight Frank & Rutley. Father Peter is said to be less than happy about the decision, but it presumably pleases son James, owner of the Ministry of Sound nightclub and relentless opponent of his dad's architectural investments. Lord P (Stirling's client, of course, at No 1 Poultry) is now down to one trophy twentieth-century home - a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Pennsylvania near Falling Water, having placed Mies's Farnsworth House outside Chicago into a trust, following its recent restoration. Being civilised is not the only criterion for living in the Maisons Jaoul, by the way. The little sum of £3 million is also needed.

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