who is making a biopic, The Price of Desire about Gray. For the past number of years the house has been under the auspices of undergoing a refurbishment programme but money has run out. McGuckian is raising money both from private donation and on Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website. A budget in the region of €192,000 is being sought by her, so that the house can used for filming instead of building a set.
E.1027 has a checkered history. It began its life as a holiday get-away, gifted by
Eileen to her then lover Jean Badovici; when Le Corbusier, arguably the most
famous architect of the time, defiled its pristine white walls with sexually explicit
murals, she left, never to return. The dispute with Le Corbusier continued until
Badovici’s death in 1956 after which Le Corbusier built an elevated 2-storey hostel over looking E.1027 – he had already built his famous Cabanon in 1952 - and dedicated himself to the preservation of his murals. In 1960, E.1027 was bought by Madame Marie-Louise Schelbert of Zurich. Five years later Le Corbusier's body was found at the base of the cliffs. Madame Schelbert willed E.1027 to her doctor who transported and sold Gray's furniture in 1991 for today's equivalent of €390,000. The house was vandalised by squatters in June 1998.
When I visited in 2008 the site was in full renovation spate and due to be opened in 2009. But money ran out and it lay dormant until now and McGuckian's intervention.