Nicolas Sarkozy Confirms the Louvre’s Management of the Hôtel de la Marine

Audience room for the Commissioner general of the King’s House
Thierry de Ville d’Avray Apartment
Paris, Hôtel de la Marine
Photo : Didier Rykner

24/01/12 - Heritage - Paris, Hôtel de la Marine - Theoretically, the French President’s speech to the cultural world in Paris expressing his new year’s wishes is usually posted on the Elysée website shortly after. But at publication time, this was still not the case and, not having been able to attend, we must satisfy ourselves with commenting the few words appearing on the Ministry of Culture’s website concerning the Hôtel de la Marine...

Nicolas Sarkozy stated that he accepted as his "the conclusions of the commission headed by president Giscard d’Estaing [...]. The heritage zones of the Hôtel de la Marine will be open to the public under the responsibility of the Louvre, which will present pieces of great historical and artistic value there, with the main courtyards transformed into pedestrian streets, the premises on the ground floor leased to art and French civilization activities."
In principle, then, we have cause to rejoice at this decision which would seem to definitely put an end to the Alexandre Allard project for this site.

We will nonetheless continue to follow the matter carefully (see also this article in French). The decision of the President of the French Republic remains for the moment a bit vague still (the Giscard d’Estaing commission’s report itself not being very precise).
What are the "heritage zones" of a monument which is entirely listed ? While the reception rooms on the first floor looking out over the Place de la Concorde are clearly included in this category, what about the Thierry de Ville d’Avray apartment located on the rue Saint Florentin side (ill.) ? What will become of the apartments on the mezzanine floor and the attic on the rue Royale ? All of this needs to be stipulated and plans need to be made for the conservation of all the decors whose wealth is so finely illustrated in Alexandre Gaudy’s recent publication (see article in French).

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Didier Rykner, jeudi 26 janvier 2012

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