Charles-Henri Junod, town planning of La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1841. Photo: Wikipedia.

Architecture in the Jura

La Chaux-de-Fonds, the city of birth of Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris 1887 – 965) and Le Locle, centres of the Swiss watchmaking industry, cherish their rich heritage of city planning, Art Nouveau and Sapin architecture.

It began after the devastating fires at the end of the eighteenth century and the rebuilding by the architect Charles-Henri Junod (1795-1843).

The modern grid plan of streets and blocks are still intact and can compete with the modernity of Roman urban planning two thousand years ago, revolutionizing the urbanization on Swiss territory as well.

The Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts) of Le Locle shows an excellent collection of photography on this architecture of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries.