Art Nouveau at the Edge of Paris
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I had a regular physical therapy appointment for several weeks at a doctors’ office just at the edge of the city limit in the north of the 17th, and I would make the slow
stroll waddle there to get my prescribed weekly medical (reimbursed) back massage for pain due to pregnancy. (I love France). And I noticed that in this sector of the city’s edge, there are some quite lovely buildings, some artists’ lofts and other such pretty architecture. One building in particular caught my eye. It looks like an Art Nouveau or Art Nouveau inspired building. I looked everywhere on it for a architects name and a date of construction, as there usually are on Parisian buildings, but I couldn’t find any. So if anyone may have an idea…do let me know. But let’s say this is a Art Nouveau Paris construction for the moment…
And then there is the pretty mosaic that decorate over windows and doors as well as frescoes displaying typical Art Nouveau images of the floral type. And all of this is accented by white sculptured stone. with a graceful nude woman and a bird, a couple of lions’ heads, and a classical pillar or two.
And interesting mix of pretty architectural elements, that perhaps doesn’t pertain to any time period in particular but is in fact the whimsy of the person who ordered the construction of the building. Regardless of the time period or the intent, it’s pretty and I felt worth a little mention on the blog. Paris is full of interesting buildings and architecture is a big part of this city’s history.
So thanks to social media, I got an answer via the Prête-Moi Paris facebook page from Maite Chaves Penne about the building and architect! Paul Séville was the architect, and this house is called the Maison Dumas. What the French call an Hôtel Particulier, it is what you ay consider a “town house”.