The smallest house in Paris

At No. 39 rue du Château d’Eau, in the 10th arrondissement, you can see one of the most unusual houses in Paris. Wedged between two buildings, it measures just 1.10 meters wide and 5 meters high. It is the smallest house in Paris.

We do not know much about it, except what it is said in the paper Le Gaulois dated from Wednesday, January 6 1897. On the ground floor, a shoemaker was holding a store during the second half of the 19th century. Shops have succeeded, and it is now a clothing store. All have had to comply with the same obligation : an area of just over 3 square meters!

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Upstairs originally stood a bedroom, which communicate with the apartments on the first floor of No. 41. The story goes that it was inhabited by a baby whose cradle occupied the entire space.

Why such a small house? It existed before its construction a passage leading to the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin. After a dispute about the inheritance of the passage, it had been decided to condemn it. A single house was built, small enough to block the passage, but not too large to avoid excessive fees.

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Not far away, about 1 km you can find the street Degrees, the shortest street in Paris.

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The smallest house in Paris
39, rue du Château-d'Eau 75010 Paris


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