The Halle Freyssinet Saved

Eugène Freyssinet (1879-1962)
The Halle Freyssinet, 1927-1929
View of the interior
Photo : Didier Rykner

1/3/12 - Heritage - Paris, Halle Freyssinet - After much hemming and hawing, the Paris Prefect finally made the decision awaited by all Parisian heritage supporters : the halle Freyssinet (ill.) has been entirely listed as a historical monument (see news item of 25/11/11), just a few weeks after the SNCF (French national railways) had withdrawn its request for a demolition permit. This is excellent news and we should commend the French Minister of Culture at this time for his active involvement in obtaining this protection. True, it corresponds to the recommendation of the Commission régionale du patrimoine et des sites, but it runs contrary to the wishes of the Paris mayor who, once again, preferred to destroy rather than restore a city landmark.

Unlike other cases - we refer obviously to that of Roland-Garros and the Serres d’Auteil - where the government and the city of Paris work hand in hand, the matter of the Halle Freyssinet will soon be closed and the mistake made at the Halles de Baltard will fortunately not be repeated. We would like to repeat, for those who did not know it, that Eugène Freyssinet was one of the leading architects of the first half of the 20th century and that this Halle is a major building admired worldwide.

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Didier Rykner, lundi 5 mars 2012

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