The Château de Bachivillers
The estate was put on the market after World War One and now belongs to the Dornès family. The château is a pleasant, well-proportioned manor house of red brick with grey stone trim. A central three-story block has two story wings on each side.
During her last summer in Bachivillers in 1893, she received an unexpected commission for the Women’s Pavilion at the Chicago World's Fair She was asked to paint a monumental allegory to the glory of Modern Women. Mary Fairchild MacMonnies was to paint a facing mural on Primitive Woman. After some hesitation at the scale of the commission, she accepted and set up her workshop in the huge woodshed near the château. She even had a ditch dug which was deep enough to enable her to manipulate and paint the triptych.
Mary Fairchild MacMonnies, Primitive Woman and Mary Cassatt, Modern Woman. Photographs from M. H. Elliot, ed., Art and Handicraft at the Woman’s Building of the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893, p. 35