The Jean Monnet House
The house in which the future of Europe was at stake and where Jean Monnet recounted the story of his life is located in Houjarray, Yvelines, 80 kilometers (50 miles) outside of Paris. This old farm became Jean Monnet’s property in 1945, upon his return to France.
It is even here that Jean Monnet and his advisors, in the last days of April 1950, drew up the historic declaration that Robert Schuman used to address Europe on 9 May 1950, proposing the creation of the CECA (European Coal and Steel Community) as well as creating the basis of the European Community.
In his office, Robert Schuman, Walter Hallstein, Paul-Henri Spaak, Konrad Adenauer, René Pleven, Helmut Schmidt, and many others exchanged their views with Jean Monnet on our common future. On Sundays, he had friends passing by come to his house; among them were Dwight Eisenhower, Georges Ball, and Edward Heath. He liked fireside conversations with famous journalists such as Walter Lippman, Hubert Beuve-Méry, or his neighbor Pierre Viansson-Ponté.
This house was also where Jean Monnet passed away on 16 March 1979.
In 1982, even though the house had deteriorated because of a lack of upkeep, the European Parliament considered Monnet’s home to be a symbolic place loaded with memories, thus being common heritage for Europeans. The Parliament acquired it and entrusted its reconstitution, management, and organization to the Jean Monnet Association.
Since 2000, a multimedia conference room has welcomed bigger groups of visitors.