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Architecture in Paris

What makes Paris, Paris? When falling in love with the City of Love many people cite the architecture as one of their main attractions. The term “Haussmann style” buildings is commonly known and referenced alongside images of sun-filled, hardwood apartments with crown molding. It’s hard not to dream of the ornate garnishing and luxurious details, the bourgeoisie that once filled the rooms and how life once was in Gay Paree.

Architecture in Paris

Architecture in Paris

1944
1944

Post WWII: 1944-today

Post WWII: 1944-today

During WWII many wealthy Parisians left the city and fled to suburbs and neighboring countries and after the city was liberated in 1944, the general feeling of pessimism and defeat lingered. Rations, protests, and war-torn facades left many Parisians feeling ashamed and ready for a new era in the city...Read More

1918
1918

Art Deco and Modern: 1918-1940s

Art Deco and Modern: 1918-1940s

After World War I, Paris saw a boom in arts and culture like never before. Art was created as a form of therapy and revolt against the war and artists from the world were inspired by the Parisian lifestyle and culture.  Parisians were going out, writers like Hemingway were writing,..Read More

1890
1890

Art Nouveau: 1890-1910

Art Nouveau: 1890-1910

Haussmann style architecture was very regulated thus, the next period of architecture and city planning evoked creativity and boldness. Haussmann style was known for using Paris stone (a type of limestone) but Art-Nouveau style which lasted a short 20 years (1890-1910), was the mix of materials – iron, steel, metal,..Read More

1800
1800

Haussmann: 1800s

Haussmann: 1800s

Paris became “Paris” during the 1800s. The most sought after properties of today are the Haussmann-style apartments that began to be built in this era. After a trip to London, Napoleon appointed a city planner named Georges Eugene Haussmann in 1853. Napoleon was inspired by the cityscape in London, particularly..Read More

1780
1780

Bourbon Restoration: 1780s-1800s

Bourbon Restoration: 1780s-1800s

The French Revolution (1788-1789) ushered in a new era for government, culture, art and of course, architecture. With the church, nobility and lower class citizens all in competition for power, the physical layout of Paris was bound to change. After having such an artistic period full of colors, expression, gold..Read More

1640
1640

Rococo & Bye-bye Baroque: 1640s-1700s

Rococo & Bye-bye Baroque: 1640s-1700s

The next big urban planner of Paris was Jean-Baptiste Colbert who was appointed by the Sun King (1643-1715 reign) who liked big, grand palaces like his home in Versailles. Colbert wanted Paris to be a second Rome. Making Paris as astounding as possible was his goal: he began the building..Read More

1500
1500

Post Renaissance: 1500s-1640s

Post Renaissance: 1500s-1640s

After suffering the from the plague and 100 years war, France experienced an Italian inspired renaissance.  In the 1600s, the population of Paris increased dramatically. This increase saw a change in housing as well- rooms with specialized purposes like the salon or dining room were created and popularized. Glamorous neighborhoods..Read More

1100
1100

Medieval Paris: 1100s-1500s

Medieval Paris: 1100s-1500s

Before the 19th century, Paris was a swampy city overran by disease, an overgrowing population, crowded streets and a lack of green space. During the medieval period, people’s homes were made mostly through ravishing parts of Roman walls due to their stability. During those years (pre-1530) the most statuesque buildings..Read More