It belongs to the Fondation Regards de Provence, an organisation that owns a collection of around 900 works of art created in and around Provence.
Until recently, the Fondation was housed in the Palais des Arts, formerly the municipal library and archive, an artistic building designed by Henri-Jacques Espérandieu, the architect by Notre Dame de la Garde. However, the new premises are very different.
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The Musée Regards de Provence was built in 1948 near the cathedral in the very fast growing port area by Marseille. The architect was Fernand Pouillon, who also designed the large, brutal multi-family houses on the north quay of the Old Port by Marseille.
Originally, the building was designed as a sanitary station, where people arriving from abroad by sea or air went through a disinfection, examination and vaccination procedure to combat the ever-present danger of epidemics in the city.
The building was abandoned for about 40 years and was occupied by squatters when the Foundation acquired it in a deplorable condition. The 6.5 million Euro restoration project was supervised by the Marseille architect Guy Daher.
Don't worry if the restaurant is full: The outdoor terrace has the best view, salad and drinks are available at the bar.