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Arums Building by Champs-de-Mars


art-deco-1.jpgIn the street "rue du Champ-de-Mars", number 33, as the name of the street indicates, very close to the Eiffel Tower and Champs de Mars, you will find a curious building. The building was named "Maison des arums" (Arums House) thanks to numerous bows, curbs, flowery decorations, decorative metal balconies, so characteristical for "Art déco" (the "New Art"), typical for Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. "Art Déco" – "New Art" is called also "art des nouilles" ("noodles art") because of its curly shapes, numerous decorations. The building looks a little surrealistic, you have the impression to be in the fairy-tale. The architecture resembles to the architectural style in the Mediterranean region, in Spain or Italy. The green window-blinds give a lovely touch to this stone marvel.

The building was constructed by the architect Octave Raquin and initially it held a private school for girls, „cours des demoiselles Longuet“. Maybe the symbol of arum flower was connected with the innocence of the young ladies attending this private school. Today there is a private clinics and private apartments in the building. There are three entrances,art-deco-2.jpg the main one is the entrance to the clinics and two auxiliary entrances lead to the private apartments.

Take a time to observe the facade of the building, you will notice many interesting details, stone arums by the windows and balconies, arum flowers and leaves decorations are also on the metal entrance gate and the shaped roof above the entrance to the building gives a joyful look to the whole street.

On many blogs the Parisians compare this building with a bouquet of flowers. A stony and metal bunch of arums.

A curious fact is that the renowned painter from Montmartre, Toulouse-Lautrec painted a portrait of the architect Octave Raquin.

There are discussions about the exact date of the building construction. In many publications they mention the year 1904 as the year when the building was built, in other publications it is written that the facade of this building won the price of the prettiest Parisian façade in 1902. And so the Ministry of Culture mentions the construction year 1900.

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Preview of picture in folder Paris street | Jan Schinko jr.