Charlie Chaplin's last residence, the Manoir de Ban is seen during the laying of the first brick of the Chaplin Museum on May 7, 2014 in Corsier-sur-Vevey. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
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After more than 14 years of discussions and stumbling blocks, work to turn screen legend Charlie Chaplin's Swiss home into a museum has finally begun, with the opening planned in early 2016 .The large, white manor overlooking Lake Geneva, which Chaplin called home for the final 25 years of his life, and surrounding park will over the next two years undergo a transformation expected to cost more than 40 million Swiss frances ($45.7 million, 32.8 million).On Wednesday, three of the eight children Charlie Chaplin had with his wife Oona were present to help sound the starting shot for the project.The project unveiled Wednesday comprises two main components: the restauration of Manoir de Ban, a neo-classic structure built nearly 200 years ago, and the construction of a new building meant to house the museum.
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