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From this square you get an extraordinary view of the Tour Eiffel.  Turn around and behind the extravagant wrought iron fence you’re in for a surprise.  Art Nouveau gone mad, a masterpiece,  you make the call.  Jules Aimé Lavirotte was the architect of this flamboyant structure constructed in 1899.  A whimsical turret, a sampling of many styles of balcony, doors, ceramic textures, swirly ironwork –  but does it all meld into one eyepleasing facade? Hmmmm. To his credit his artistic work brought him acclaim among his contemporaries, and won him the Concours de Façades de la Ville de Paris on at least two occasions:

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Other examples of Lavirotte’s work can be found at:

151 Rue de Grenelle, 7th arrondissement (1898)
134 Rue de Grenelle, 7th arrondissement (1900)
29 Avenue Rapp, 7th arrondissement (19011
12 Rue Sedillot, 7th arrondissement (1899)
Ceramic Hotel, 34 Avenue de Wagram, 8th arrondissement (1904)
169 Boulevard Lefebvre, 15th arrondissement (1906)
23 Avenue de Messine, 8th arrondissement
6 Rue de Messine, 8th arrondissement (1907)

 

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