Arlette and Michel Auclerc
As previously mentioned, the property was originally owned by the Annequin family. When Louis Fortuné Mollot married Thérèse Annequin in 1844, this parcel of land was part of her dowry. In 1852, Thérèse willed it to her husband Louis Fortuné and their two children, Pauline and Fortuné.
On December 26, 1853, Louis Fortuné Mollot purchased the property by paying off outstanding monies owing to a M. Pierre Caillat. In 1862, Thérèse died and her husband Louis became the official property owner.
On December 16, 1869, Louis Fortuné willed the property to his two children, Pauline and Fortuné.
In 1871-1876, Château Blandin was built on the property by his son Fortuné Louis Mollot. It became the family’s main residence in 1877. The property was sold on July 4, 1892, when the Fortuné Mollot family immigrated to Canada.
July 4, 1892 - The Jean Antoine Benoît Ballofet family, a civil court judge from Lyon, purchased the property. The price was 69,000 Francs.
August 4, 1917 - The Camille Albert Suel family, owner of a fabric manufacturing company, purchased the property. The price was 58,000 Francs.
July 20, 1939 - The Xavier Aimé Morfin family, a university professor, purchased the property. The price was 175,000 Francs.
April 10, 1969 - The Fabre family, a retired French ambassador, inherited the property. It was donated by the Morfin family to the Fabre family.
April 14, 1994 to the present – The latest owners are the Auclerc family. Michel Auclerc is an architect and Arlette Auclerc is a medical doctor.
It is most fortunate that this property is in the hands of Michel and Arlette Auclerc because they have taken great pride in restoring it to its original state and maintaining it to a very high standard.
An analysis of the selling prices for the château in the last century shows how inflation has really eaten away at the real value and the purchasing power of the French Franc, let alone our own currency.In 2010, the Euro is equivalent to 6.5 Francs and 1 Euro is equivalent to approximately $1.50 US.In 1892, Fortuné sold Château Blandin for 69,000 Francs which today is $15,923.00 US.(This is based on 1 EURO equivalent to 6.5 francs today.)It is just incredible! Today, the cost of building such a mansion would be in the millions of dollars. One can understand that a French Franc in 1871 was worth a lot more than it is today.