"Hôtel Gaillard (Banque de France)" Architecture Tip by MM212
Architecture, Paris: 8 reviews and 20 photos
Completed in 1884, l'Hôtel Gaillard was designed by Victor-Jules Février for Emile Gaillard, the head of la Banque de France, the Central Bank of France. [Note: Hôtel in France also means "townhouse" or "city palace".] The purpose was to build a mansion to house Gaillard's incredible collection of art and antiques. The result is this Gothic/Renaissance-style brick building, possibly inspired by the Château de Blois. In 1919, la Banque de France purchased the building and made it one of its main offices - it still occupies the building to this day. Unfortunately, it is not possible to visit the building, but the treasures within must be mind-numbing...
Address: 1, place du Général Catroux, Paris 17e
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