Villa Cavrois in Croix is a large modernist mansion built in 1932.
A modern architectural masterpiece. First designed in 1929 and finished in 1932, the villa is a family home created by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, a member of the Modernist movement. He was commissioned by Paul Cavrois, a textile industrialist from Roubaix, and his wife. The villa follows a precise schema bringing together all the most advanced technologies of the period, and was something of an aesthetic shock, the effects of which are still perceptible today. All of the interior was furnished using luxurious materials such as marble, exotic wood, and polished aluminium, and the furniture was designed by Mallet-Steven, who also devised the layout of the park. The very latest techniques were used. The furniture was sold off following the death of Madame Cavrois in 1986, and the Villa itself was sold in 1987. After standing abandoned for a long period during which it was vandalised, it was bought by the State in 2001, which has undertaken a vast campaign to save and restore the Villa to how it originally looked in 1932. The programme that the Centre des monuments nationaux have been carrying out between 2008 and 2015 revealed the exceptionally ambitious nature of the architectural project desired by the Cavrois.