a late 19th century family home and its neo-Gothic facade
Luxembourg Gardens is like a peaceful enclave amidst the hustle and bustle of Paris’ 6th arrondissement, one of the most highly sought-after in the French capital because of its history and its art of living. It is quite common to come across well-known faces which perpetuate the tradition of this district founded by Catherine-de-Medici, dedicated to the arts, to wonderful letters and to political debates.
The street is characteristic of those vast operations carried out in Paris, in the last quarter of the 19th century, on the vast plots of land still available on the outskirts of the old town.
The countless cultural resources and the diversity of schools are almost an invitation to remain in this district with everything to hand.
Hôtel-Tassu stands amongst all the constructions in a special position. Its facade, faced with dressed stone in a Louis XII style, is one of the most sophisticated. Inspired by Viollet-le-Duc, the grid-like layout of its four horizontal bays across its three levels is enhanced by two formalised features: an entrance door, topped with an archivolt and flanked by two narrow columns, as well as a gable marking the balcony loggia of the master suite on the first floor.
The building spans four levels: the ground floor is raised and respects the rules of hygiene mentioned by Viollet-Le-Duc in “Les Entretiens” (Lectures on Architecture). The function of each level is, for instance, extremely clear: the lower floor or basement corresponds to utility rooms, the ground floor, with its large arched windows, houses the reception rooms, whilst the upstairs balconies indicate the master bedrooms and the shed and roof dormers the children’s bedrooms.
This building was fully restored at the end of the 20th century. The large central stairway which once took pride of place in the middle of the house, separating it into two sections, has been replaced in the right-hand section by an iron and glass spiral stairway, reflecting the codes of Gustave-Eiffel and making it possible to steep all levels in daylight from the roof and the courtyard.
Lower Level 1
The entrance hall leads directly to the lower, basement level. This floor still has its original vocation corresponding to utility rooms: the kitchen is laid out as it was designed on the plans drawn up by architect Tassu. The other rooms have been replaced by a large vestibule, a multi-media room, a toilet and a dining room. The latter, under the terrace set out in the inner courtyard, receives daylight through its glazed roof tiles. A discreet door leads to a cellar and another room is used for storing bicycles.
This level is given over to reception rooms. A large room, spanning approx. 65 m², still has its original materials and features such as herringbone pattern parquet flooring, a Louis XV style fireplace, topped with its trumeau mirror dating from the same period, and wide arched, small-paned windows. An informed eye will notice that one of them is deformed, the result of a now perfectly controlled, past subsidence. Two metal beams are reminiscent of the original ones that can be glimpsed through the glazed panel. The lounge is extended by a small terrace outside in the courtyard. This level also includes a small study.
A south-facing hall area opens the full width of the building into the area given over to the owners of the house. This elegant, comfortable floor, still with all of its original features such as parquet flooring and its four windows, is composed of a bedroom, a vast dressing room, a study, a bathroom and a toilet. Another bedroom on the courtyard side has a bathroom and a dressing room.
This level, once reserved for the children or staff of the house, is now given over to bedrooms. It includes three bedrooms, two shower room and a toilet. If necessary, one of the bedrooms, with its mezzanine, could be divided to provide a sixth bedroom.
The history of this middle-class home, that today is easily classified as a mansion house, is particularly interesting: the circumstances of its origins, its residents and its transformations. Said circumstances make this building, set in one of the French capital’s most sought-after, lively, intellectual and bustling districts, very special. Although this mansion house is but a stone’s throw from Luxembourg Gardens and the very heart of Paris’ 6th arrondissement, it is more than able to quietly and comfortably accommodate a family in search of a tranquil home.
|Land registry surface area||115 m2|
|Reception area||65 m2|
|Living space||320 m2|
|Number of rooms||12|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Surface Cellar||6 m2|
|Surface Terrace||17 m2|
Alain Sander +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.