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Paris Art Deco Buildings 16: Apartments Rue du Docteur Landouzy 5

Rue du Docteur Landouzy 5 – Apartments in the 13th Arrondissement.

The 13th Arrondissement has a number of examples of public housing whose concept comes from the late nineteenth century French HBM system which stood for: “habitation à bon marché” or low cost housing. This large estate of several apartment blocks was constructed in the 1930s and has a sculpted relief panel over an archway at the point where the two streets meet.

Rue du Docteur Landouzy 5 sculpted panel.
A different view of Rue du Docteur Landouzy 5.

Paris Art Deco Buildings 17: Apartments Rue de Professeur Louis Renault 9

Rue de Professeur Louis Renault 9.

Another stylish and well designed Art Deco HBM from the 1930s; it is also part of a large estate of multiple apartment blocks. There is no decoration but the architect made good use of the different colours of brick, as well as contrasts between horizontal and vertical elements. Located at Rue de Professeur Louis Renault 9 at the corner of the Rue Max Jacob in the 13th Arrondissement.

Brick patterns on another part of the estate.

Paris Art Deco Buildings 18: Apartments Rue Bobillot 48

Rue Bobillot 48.

Located at Rue Bobillot 48, at the corner of Rue de Pouy, this apartment block has a different look to it. Constructed in 1932, the architect was Charles Legrand. Two corner relief sculptures depict the figure of Plenty and the spirit of building and architecture.

Detail with the figure of Plenty.
Rue Bobillot 48 and the spirit of building and architecture.

Paris Art Deco Buildings 19:Apartments Rue de Tolbiac 229

Rue de Tolbiac 229.

Yet another variation on the theme of Paris Art Deco. These apartments are located at 229 Rue de Tolbiac at the corner of Rue Vergniaud in the 13th. The lozenge shaped windows up the right hand side make a contrast with the angular bay windows beside them. Another contrast is between the simple, geometric window grate and the ceramic tiles below with their grapes, leaves and vines.

Detail of 229 Rue de Tolbiac.

Paris Art Deco Buildings 20: House, Tolbiac District

A smart, stylish Art Deco house in Tolbiac.

There are a lot of Art Deco apartments in urban Paris, but not a lot of houses. Here is an example from Tolbiac in the 13th with octagonal windows, and a cream stucco exterior highlighted by a horizontal stripe of orangebricks across the top.

The entrance to the Tolbiac Art Deco house.

Paris Art Deco Buildings 21: Municipal Creche, (possibly in Tolbiac)

Municipal Creche entrance.

Paris, like all cities, must have places for parents to drop off their children, and of course at least one of these must be Art Deco. The top, centre of the building has three bas-reliefs carved in stone, and the one in the middle is signed: Pierre Traverse, 1941. Traverse was born in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, and was responsible for ‘L’Homme’ (The Man) one of the large sculptures in the Trocadero Gardens behind Le Palais de Chaillot. He was made a knight of the Légion d’honneur in 1938.

Signed: Pierre Traverse, 1941.
It seems likely that all three of the sculptures were by Pierre Traverse.

Paris Art Deco Buildings 22: Neuilly-Sur-Seine Post Office

Neuilly PO

This delightful Post Office is located on the Avenue Charles De Gaulle in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb found to the west of Paris, close to the 17th arrondissement and La Défense. The brick façade is enlivened by a substantial area of bright, abstract mosaics. This Neuilly PO was designed by the architect P Bessine.

A detail showing the mosaics.
The Neuilly PO entrance.

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