Friday, February 26, 2010

Meulière House


Here is a type of house that is pretty common in the Paris area (more in the suburbs than inside Paris in general, for there are mostly apartment buildings in Paris and few houses). It's called a Maison Meulière (Meulière house) after the type of rock that was used to build them. I photographed this one in the 15th arrondissement, avenue Félix Faure. It is actually a foundation, created by Maria Chauvière (the mother of Claude Chauvière who became the personal secretary of Colette) and who dedicated it to children. It is now a child day care center.

22 comments:

  1. What a pretty place! Must admit it doesn't look like what most people think of as a "normal" Paris house. Wonder what it was like to be Colette's secretary.

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  2. At first, I thought it was one of the houses near place d'Italie. I love all the different textures in this house.
    I would never think the style was French.

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  3. I saw this bldg. from a bus ride last spring. Do you know when it was built? It looked fairly new to me. Thanks, Eric.
    -- Elizabeth

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  4. Love it!! I'll take it!! When will it be empty so I can move a few things in?? ;-)

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  5. There were three or four houses next to Le Monde's new offices in the 14th that I always passed (Corvisart stop on Line 6) when I lived at Place d'Italie. Are these buildings older than Hausmann's architecture?

    I always wondered if they were suburbs that later got absorbed by the city.

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  6. What a lovely setting for a children's center. One doesn't find many stone houses in the US, although it is used in facades, pillars, chimneys and the like. Are the walls actually constructed of stone and mortar in these houses, or is it a decorative rather than structural element? I love the brick arched windows. Cool find!
    -Kim

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  7. Thanks for the explanation! I've been to Paris several times but I had never heard of Meulières! Very interesting! Merci & bon weekend !

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  8. That's a beautiful house as some areas in Paris are provided. What about other cities ? Does these kinds of houses exist in London, too? Amsterdam? Northern cities. Just wonder ;)

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  9. Here in Norfolk (UK), there are traditional FLINTSTONE houses in the rural north of the county -where modern stone age families live!
    (Not entirely untrue)

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  10. I love stone houses and would love to live in one someday... hmmm ...maybe in Paris? This is beautiful.

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  11. Brandon, those were the houses I was refering to!!!

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  12. My wife looked at this over my shoulder and said "Eric found a waffle house in Paris? Woo Hoo!"



    Sean

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  13. Thank you for buying this for me. I will let Tonton-Flaneur have some space in it, don't worry. And you others can visit me whenever you want to.

    Eric, when do I sign the papers?

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  14. Jeff, please let me rent some studio space from you in there, okay?
    -Kim

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  15. How kind of you Jeff! Could I please have a couple of rooms with a view?? Merci!

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  16. I love stone houses and the history of this one is very interesting. How appropriate that it is now a day care centre.

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