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The Seaside Villas
Several seaside villas were built between 1865 and 1885, each in a different style : Neo-Norman, Neoclassical, Neo-Louis XIII, Neo-Italian, and even Noe-Moorish and Neo-Persian ; for this was an age of architectural eclecticism, impired by the styles of other countries and periods.
A typical example of Second Empire architecture is the Villa Montebello, built in 1866, and converted into amuseum in 1972. as Trouville became more fashionable, there was a growing need for hotels - to accomadate aristocratic Parisian families as well as passengers arriving by sea, on steamers.
Trouville's most famous 19th century hotels were l'Hôtel de Paris, built on the beach in 1840, l'Hôtel Bellevue, built in the main square in 1842, and Hôtel des Roches Noires, with its annex Les Roches Normandes, built at the far end of the beach in 1865.
Gambling was authorized in Trouville from 1812 in order to provide an additional activity for rich Parisian families attracted by sea-bathing. Since then, there have been three casinos: “le Salon des Bains”, opened in 1838, “le Casino Salon” in 1845, and the present casino, built in 1912. In 1992 it became the Casino Barrière de Trouville