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Old September 14th, 2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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Hôtels particuliers of France

In France an hôtel particulier is a townhouse of a grand sort.

The word Hôtel was reflected in the English mediaeval word "Inn" for the townhouse of a nobleman, now surviving only as used in Inns of Court, particulier meaning "personal" or "private".

Whereas an ordinary house was built as part of a row, sharing party walls with the houses on either side and directly fronting on a street, an hôtel particulier was often free-standing, and by the 18th century it would always be located entre cour et jardin, between the entrance court, the cour d'honneur, and the garden behind.

There are hôtels particuliers in many large cities, such as Paris, Bordeaux, Albi, Aix en Provence, Avignon, Caen, Lyon, Montpellier, Nancy, Rouen, Rennes, Toulouse and Troyes.

Paris would count even today approximately 400 hôtels particuliers on the 2000 which the city counted previously...
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Old September 14th, 2013, 09:10 PM   #2
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Hôtel de Bagis, [1537-1611-1857], Toulouse, southwestern France :

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On the courtyard side :

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Old September 14th, 2013, 09:19 PM   #3
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Oh oh, I can smell a great thread coming!
Please post pics of the interiors as well.
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Old September 15th, 2013, 02:30 PM   #4
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Thx Johnny

I shall try to show interiors if possible because many hôtels particuliers are private properties not open to the public.
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You're welcome Titus!
Interior pics when available, bien sûr!
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Old September 15th, 2013, 07:48 PM   #6
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This hotel has one of the most amazing Renaissance facades, I have ever seen. Doesn't get any better than that, not even in Florence or Rome.
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Hôtel de Sully, 17th century, Paris :

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Orangery :

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This hotel has one of the most amazing Renaissance facades, I have ever seen. Doesn't get any better than that, not even in Florence or Rome.
That facade would simply be considered too overload in Florence or Rome, and unharmonious in Venice.

I'm not saying it's any less amazing, it's quite just another conception of the Renaissance Style: the evolution of Flamboyant Gothic plus Ancient Roman features as a decoration.
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The street facade of Bagis was completed in 1857. However, a stone facade was begun already in 1606. So its really only the brick courtyard facade which is truly renaissance.
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That's true. Even in Toulouse the facade of this townhouse is considered as too much decorated since the additions of the 19th century. The renaissance inner courtyard is more considered but it is unfortunately made dirty by the pollution and difficult to access for the tourists.

In fact, the Renaissance part of this hôtel can only be seen in a tiny part of the courtyard Titus-Pullo didn't show . This is also the most valuable part of the decoration (Nicolas Bachelier, 1538):




In Toulouse, other mansions such as the hotel d'Assézat or the hotel du Vieux Raisin are more famous

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Hôtel Jacques-Cœur, 15th century, Bourges, central France :

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I visited the Hôtel Jacques-Cœur in 1998. It is trully remarkable!
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Hôtel de Vogüé, 17th century, Dijon, eastern France :

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Portico at the entrance :


Portico ceiling :


Windows Detail :

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Hôtels particuliers of the Place des Vosges, 17th century, Paris :

Originally known as the Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built by Henri IV from 1605 to 1612.
The Place des Vosges initiated subsequent developments of Paris that created a suitable urban background for the French aristocracy.
That is why 36 hôtels particuliers were erected and the housefronts were all built to the same design.



No. 1 Pavillon du Roi :



No. 6 Hôtel de Rohan-Guémené (now Maison de Victor Hugo) :



No. 14 Hôtel de Ribault :



No. 21 Hôtel du Cardinal de Richelieu :



No. 23 Hôtel de Bassompierre :



No. 28 Pavillon de la Reine :

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Hôtel de Bourgtheroulde, 16th century, Rouen, northern France :

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