Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Friday, October 1, 2010

There's a building that I walk by a few times a month on my way to the American Library of Paris that I find absolutely fascinating. (Though apparently not fascinating enough to cross over the street and actually read the plaque that's out front).

But here it is. Maybe you've seen it too?What I love most about it is its attention to detail:
Look at how ornate those windows are.And even the undersides of the balcony are over-the-top.How about that main entrance?Not to mention the view...



Blogger ditdit said...

I think I walked by that building in August. very cool.

October 1, 2010 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Oh I didn't tell you, that's my new apartment ;)

October 1, 2010 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Have you ever looked through the Thirza Valois books, 'Around and About Paris'? They are guide books to Paris by arrondissement and she directs you along different walking tours, where she describes different points of interests (architectural, historical, literary, etc). I'm sure that she would mention a building like that. I've always loved them and found them so useful when all the Frenchies in my entourage have proven themselves absolutely useless in this respect.

October 2, 2010 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Leesa said...

That is SOMEEEEE building!! I LOVE it!!!

October 3, 2010 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

I love this building too (I work at the ALP!) and just read about it in my Fodor's guide (of all places) last week. It was designed by Julies Lavirotte in 1901 and was owned by a ceramics expert, Alexandre Bigot, who partnered with Lavirotte frequently. The scuplted woman's head in the center of the door is probably the architect's wife!

October 4, 2010 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Amy75 said...

Beautiful! My favorite passtime is walking around the city and looking at buildings. Never seen this one.

October 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Ksam said...

Oh wow, thanks for the info Ann, how cool!

October 5, 2010 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi I have just read about this building on a blog I came across whilst researching something else. When I looked at it on their blog , I thought, mmmm seen that somewhere else before. They had actually linked to it too!

And with Ann's info we all know about it now :-)

October 11, 2010 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

And here's another bit of trivia about the building. In the movie Gigi (with Leslie Caron), it's the home of Gigi's aunt, the one who is preparing her to be a courtesan.

October 13, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

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