Development of the Campana barracks

Commune de Mont-Dauphin - 2011 - 2013


The Campana barracks, the first in Mont-Dauphin built in 1695, consisted of seven modules on each of its two levels. It could therefore house 672 soldiers.

Initially the property of the Defence State, it was rented to the Mont-Dauphin town council from 1981. The latter then undertook the creation of 5 housing units and 5 adjoining craft workshops. These housed 5 families of craftsmen, all of whom came from outside the department and settled in the village (of these 5 families, three still live in Mont-Dauphin).

The commune of Mont-Dauphin bought the Campana barracks from the army in 1997, then fitted out the offices of the town hall, additional accommodation and workshops in 2004/2005.

In 2006, a first phase of work aimed at settling new families was completed, with the creation of 4 dwellings and a workshop (today offices for the travel agency installed in Mont-Dauphin). A fully compliant flat was created, following a request received by the town hall from a physically disabled person.

In July 2012, the second phase of work, which included the creation of housing, craft and administrative premises, was completed.

This last operation enabled the creation of four additional dwellings, two workshops/boutiques, a meeting and conference room and a reception area with a historical reconstruction of a room in the time of Vauban, in connection with the cultural project.


"Reception area and shop adjacent to the Vauban barracks

As part of the creation of its historical garden on the food and supplies of a mountain stronghold, the town council of Mont-Dauphin has created a space to welcome visitors, promote its garden and sell by-products.

The reception area therefore includes an information/shop area and a second room where a soldier's room from the time of Vauban is reconstructed. This museographic space immerses the visitor in the living conditions of a soldier in garrison at Mont-Dauphin.

The soldiers slept, cooked and ate in their rooms, lighting themselves with candles. Each room had four bunk beds, i.e. eight straw mattresses for 12 soldiers, the other four being on guard, patrol or duty. Each barrack room had a fireplace for heating and cooking, as until the 19th century there were no communal kitchens or refectories.

The latrines and the washhouse were outside. Vauban, concerned both with economy and the well-being of the soldiers, regulated in detail the furnishing of the barracks, the exercises, the quantity and quality of the food. The barracks had a table, two benches, a shelf, a weapons rack, and must have "a copper cauldron or pot with its bowl".

Finance plan

Cost of rehabilitation work 2011-2012: €873,826.00 including VAT

Financing :

Europe: €130,000
the State: €79,440.00
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region: €123,678.00
Hautes-Alpes General Council: €110,000.00
Commune self-financing: € 412,670