Essential Architecture-  Paris

La Samaritaine

architect

Frantz Jourdain (1847–1935) and Henri Sauvage  

location

on the banks of the River Seine, at the north end of the Pont Neuf. The nearest Metro station is Pont-Neuf

date

1905-10

style

blend of Art Nouveau and Art Deco 

construction

a structure of four stages out of metal frame, with a court lit by the large glass ones

type

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La Samaritaine is a large department store in Paris, France. It is owned by LVMH, a luxury goods company.
The large building is located in the Ier arrondissement, on the banks of the River Seine, at the north end of the Pont Neuf. The nearest Metro station is Pont-Neuf.
The store opened in 1869. The style is a blend of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, designed by Frantz Jourdain (1847–1935) and Henri Sauvage.
The department store owes its name to a hydraulic pump installed near the Pont Neuf, which operated from 1609 to 1813. On the front of the pump was a gilded bas relief of the Good Samaritan.
On 10 June, 2005 it was announced that La Samaritaine was to be shut for several years because inspections found it a serious fire risk.
A second store was built with the 17-19 street of the Currency, by the architect Frantz Jordan and Henri Sauvage. The construction of this new building (a structure of four stages out of metal frame, with a court lit by the large glass ones), occurred between 1905 and 1910. Its external decoration, in the spirit of the Art nouveau, was entrusted to the decorator Francis the Jordan (wife of the architect), with the painter Eugene Grasset, the ironworker Édouard Schenck and the ceramist Alexandre Bigot. From 1926 to 1928 this store n°2 was increased, Seine side, quay of Louvre. At the request of the aesthetic commission of the Town of Paris which did not want elements metal near Louvre, the steel frame was then equipped with a stone of cream-coloured color. The third store, built in the triangle street of Rivoli, street of the Pont-Neuf and street Butcher, was completed in 1933. Samaritaine with closed its doors “temporarily”, by decision of group LVMH its owner since 2001, to give to the fire protection safety requirements Reopening envisaged it? and for which activity? 

links

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