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To preserve the aesthetic appeal of the pristine white exterior of Villa Savoye, the home of Pierre and Eugénie Savoye, the famed architect Le Corbusier opted not to include downspouts and sills in the original design. Ironically, these very decisions ultimately compromised the aesthetic appeal of the exterior when insufficient drainage caused water to pour down the exterior, staining and eroding the white panels. The unsightly staining, together with a leaky roof and nondurable construction materials, caused the home to be abandoned, then put on track for demolition. Luckily for architecture lovers, protests saved the Villa Savoye, and the building eventually became the first modernist structure in France to be designated a historic monument.
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