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Rue Fortuny

updated at 11 July 2014

The Plaine Monceau, chic and bourgeois zone of the 17th arrondissement bought in the 19th century by the brothers Pereire (bankers and industrialists) to make it a residential place for wealthy Parisians, is filled with magnificent mansions, from Places des Ternes to the Parc Monceau.

A street of this district deserves however a particular attention so much it is, over 200 meters, the archetype of the taste and the architectural style in 19th century: rue Fortuny.

An extraordinary concentration of magnificent Mansions to be appreciated without moderation!

Notice for example the building at the n°8 of the street which Renaissance style façade is decorated with elegant statues. One of the most curious Hotel Particulier of the rue Fortuny with the one situated n°9, the eclectic style of which makes reference to the medieval, Renaissance and 18th century periods while using contemporaries ornamental techniques (ceramic, terra-cotta, bricks). A marvel classified as Historic Monument!

A so beautiful street obviously attracted many celebrities since its creation in 1876. At n°13 lived in Marcel Pagnol (writer), the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt, in love with the 17th arrondissement since she also lived boulevard Pereire, at n°35 and Edmond Rostand, from 1891 till 1897, at n°2. It is moreover here – tells the legend – that he wrote the book « Cyrano de Bergerac »

Today, prestigious offices replaced the formerly rich owners, but rue Fortuny remains a wonderful street not to be missed during your strolls in the 17th arrondissement!

 

 

To appreciate the interior of a Hôtel Particulier of the Plaine Monceau, go to Jean-Jacques Henner Museum.