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Architecture of France

10 December 2013

1885 – Opéra de Nice, Nice, France

Architect: Francois Aune After the previous opera house on this site burned down after a gas explosion during a performance in 1881, andarchitectural competition was held for a new building. Francois Aune, a...

20 October 2010

1886 – New Hotel de Ville, Neuilly, Paris, France

Architect: M. Andre Perspective View published in The Architect, January 2nd 1886. Largely complete as designed except for the small tower.

14 July 2009

1888 – New Railway Terminus, St. Lazare, Paris

Architect: M.J. Lisch

25 November 2009

1889 – Eiffel Tower, Paris

Architect: Gustav Eiffel For many the defining symbol of Paris, the Eiffel tower was built as a temporary structure for an international exhibition in 1889. Other building built on the Champs de Mars...

24 November 2009

1896 – Railway Station, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Architect: Victor Laloux The fabulous railway station was designed by Victor Laloux for the Compagnie d’Orléans railway company. He also designed their terminus in Paris, the Gare D’Orsay. The railway shed consists of...

24 November 2009

1896-1924 – Basilique St Martin, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Architect: Victor Laloux Built over the tomb of St Martin, the basilica is much smaller that its predessor which was destroyed at the end of the 18th century. Two towers remain of this...

25 November 2009

1899 – Metro Stations, Paris

Architect: Hector Guimard Although most have been modernised, some of Paris’s metro stations still retain their Art Nouveau inspired entrances. In 1899 there was a competition to design the entrances, but the President...

25 November 2009

1900 – Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Architect: Victor Laloux The Orsay station, the masterpiece of modernism and industry in 1900 greatly influenced the architecture of American stations. Yet it was soon obsolete and was used for varied purposes: it...

24 March 2011

1900 – The American Pavilion, Exposition Universelle, Paris

The American pavilion of the 1900 Exposition Universelle attracted negative interest among those that were not from the United States. The exhibit, a post office inspired building resembling the structures of Chicago, became...


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