Ancien Manège, La Chaux-de-Fonds
"As it often happens in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the hidden treasures are not discovered at first sight! This was true for much of our visit of this town. Thanks to the brochure "La Chaux-de-Fonds on foot", we ventured into this superb inner court which was once a riding hall. It was later transformed into several apartments, but the building was in danger to be closed down at some point for being insalubrious. Today, the frescos, little fountains, and friezes shine again, and the apartments are occupied too. A special place which is well worth a visit!"
This building was originally constructed as a riding hall. But soon afterwards, it underwent a transformation and became a «phalanstery». Inspired by the social concepts of philosopher Charles Fourier – notably, reuniting families in small autonomous units in order to facilitate mutual assistance – the place housed mainly workers until the beginning of the 1970s. In the following years, it was declared insalubrious, until the cooperative society of the ‘Ancien Manège’ bought and renovated the building in 1983. Incidentally, the apartments kept some of their social purpose because the rent is based on the income of the tenant.
Good to know
- The Ancien Manège shelters a restaurant "Le Mö".
- Events are regularly organised in the Ancient Manege.
Cooperative society of the Ancien Manège
Rue du Manège 19
2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
T. +41 (0)79 702 41 40