One of my favorite places to stop and snap photos (every visit)
is 29, Avenue Rapp
right across the Champ de Mars from us.
This Art Nouveau jewel was built by Jules Lavirotte (1864~1929)
who studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in both Lyon and Paris.
Even in winter,
flowers grace the windows above the intricate entryway.
Looking up you can see the oxen heads
positioned just under the lower balcony
and the patina'd columns of the upper terrace.
The stunning exterior is an example of glazed earthenware
created by ceramicist Alexandre Bigot.
The door frame was designed by sculptor Jean-Baptiste Larrive
and sculpted by three different people.
Notice the lizard door handle.
I couldn't help getting a shot of this little guy
scraping the window like he wanted to come out and play.
Passersby gawk just like I do every single time!
And the view from the building?
Must be astounding at night
with the tower lit up and shimmering every hour.
Lavirotte built many buildings,
quite a few of them in the 7th arrondissement.
Click on his name to see a list of them.
One is actually just around the corner on Square Rapp.
This post shows a little of Square Rapp
though not much of the building.
Might have to make it a treasure hunt
to see each of his buildings next time.
(Photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)
(Info on Lavirotte via Wikipedia)