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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Latest about the Chaplin Museum in Vevey

Latest news about The Chaplin Museum in Vevey:
"A mystery group of investors based in Luxemburg is prepared to acquire the former residence of Charlie Chaplin in Vaud, reviving a project to turn it into a museum, 24 Heures reports today.

The movie star’s former home in Corsier-sur-Vevey has been empty since the last member of the Chaplin family moved out several years ago. The Manoir de Ban was acquired two years ago by a foundation, financially backstopped by the municipalities of Corsier, Corseaux, Chardonne and Jongny, who borrowed SFr7 million for the purchase.


The foundation’s efforts to turn the home into a Chaplin museum have been blocked by a neighbor, who appealed to the canton’s administrative tribunal. The unidentified neighbor has made it known he is prepared to take the case all the way to the highest court in the country.

Despite the hurdles, Meylan remains optimistic the museum project will fly, noting its potential significant benefits for the region." - 24 Heures

Full story at 24 Heures. Special thanks to one of our loyal Edna fans.

Update: For some of you who have not been following this story, you may run across reports on the web making it sound like this is a new idea. This idea started several years ago, and had its share of problems. It is easy to understand the neighbors point of view on this. They want to live quietly in the country, and not next to what could be a busy museum. Even Chaplin might have some agreement to that. When he bought the property, it was wintertime, all very quiet. When spring came, he found out he lived close to a shooting range. He had to learn how to live with it. And if everything goes well in getting this museum built, this neighbor will have to learn to live with it.

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