Only the size of the passers by gives a real sense of the scale of these grand doors.
118 – once the home and atelier of painter Eugène Delacroix, now a private school
110 – built in 1777 for the Vicomtesse de Rochechouart, the building was extended in 1829 to accommodate the new Ministry of Education, still in residence
99 – a military court during the Commune of 1870 and the scene of a massacre of Communards during the semaine sanglante of May 1871 – now the offices of the consultative Council on equality between women and men
100 – no famous residents but a nice shade of blue on the front door
91 – now home of a community of Dominican nuns
142bis – rather more modest in size
103 – formerly the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and now the New Zealand Embassy, this entrance hides a tower of the ‘télégraphe Chappe’ network – an early form of semaphore telegraph installed in 1794
Last Thursday I focussed on the door knockers of rue de Grenelle for Thursday Doors, This week I’m following up with some of the doors from that street of eighteenth century mansions, ministries and embassies.
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