French chateau where rock legends including David Bowie, Elton John and Iggy Pop recorded albums has been put on the market for price of $1.73 million. The Château d’Hérouville is a French château of the 18 century, located in the village of Hérouville, in the Oise valley near Paris. The castle was built in 1740 by Gaudot, an architect of the school of Rome.
The composer Michel Magne purchased it in 1962. He was best known in the U.S. for having been nominated in 1962 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment for Gigot. He converted it into a residential recording studio after a fire devastated the left wing of the building in 1969. The musician, director and sound engineer Laurent Thibault took over management of the studio in June 1974.
Legal and financial problems surrounded Magne’s sale of the château in 1984. The studio closed on July 25, 1985, one year after the suicide of Michel Magne, Laurent Thibault and his team having been expelled by the liquidator of Michel Magne’s estate.
A lot of classic albums were recorded at the studio in the 1970 like Bowie’s “Low”, Iggy Pop’s “The Idiot”, Pink Floyd’s “Obscured by Clouds” and Bee Gees tracks “Stayin’ Alive” and “How Deep is Your Love”. The chateau has 30 rooms, a 42,000-acre park, a pool and a tennis court.