Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hôtel Emile Gaillard

Built for a rich banker who needed a large structure to store his significant collection of renaissance art, this impressive house at first looks much older than it is. The design touches have a mixture of gothic and renaissance influences, and the brickwork is distinctly medieval. The walls notably feature the diapper pattern of darker diamond forms, but this style was to go quickly out of fashion.

The exterior today looks somewhat ludicrous and pretentious, but the interior is apparently of greater interest. Nevertheless, it is always interesting to see such brick craftmanship in Paris, even if it is a mere copy of older constructions.

Address: 1 Place du Général-Catroux, 75017
Architect: Victor-Jules Février
Year of construction: 1878-84


Eric said...
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House Hunting in Paris said...

Hey there - random question. Do you know the story on the subway tile building on 26 Rue Vavin 75006? It is covered in mesh because I presume tiles were falling, and it is such an oddity on that street! Here's the google street view:,+75006+Paris,+Ile-de-France,+France&ei=mFpdS-zBF4S24gbVi9DoBA&ved=0CAsQ8gEwAA&ll=48.843432,2.3298&spn=0.007781,0.01929&z=16&layer=c&cbll=48.843361,2.329701&panoid=x5wATuRcwbSMXWvutd4ggg&cbp=12,354.66,,0,-15.85

NikkiP09 said...

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