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Accès Guimard

1900

 

—100 ans de métro (1900-2000) —

 
Accès Guimard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 28, 2015
1. Accès Guimard Marker
Inscription. Architecte phare de l'Art nouveau, Hector Guimard a été choisi en 1899 pour dessiner les accès des stations.

Mais en 1900, lors de l'ouverture du métro, ses décoratives choquent les Parisiens. La graphie « Métropolitain » manque, dit-on, de lisibilité, et les mâts tulipes qui servent à signaler les accès de nuit sont des yeux de monstres.

Dès 1902, on commande donc les accès de stations à des architectes moins contestés. En 1913, on cesse d'installer des bouches de métro Guimard et, lors des travaux de rénovation des stations dans les années 1960, plusieurs d'entre elles sont détruites et remplacées par des entourages modernes.

Mais aujourd'hui, de nouveaux moules ont été réalisés afin de restaurer les accès Guimard classés Monuments historiques.

English translation:
In 1899, leading Art Nouveau architect, Hector Guimard, was selected to design the subway access stations in Paris.

But in 1900, when the subway stations opened, the decorative entrances shocked Parisians. The spelling "Métropolitain" lacked readability, they claimed, and the tulip masts used to light the access at night were monstrous.

In 1902, future subway station designs were awarded to lesser known architects. By 1913, Guimard's designs were no longer being installed and, during station renovation
Accès Guimard and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 28, 2015
2. Accès Guimard and Marker
This entrance is at the Metro Cadet station, servicing line number 7. The marker is visible just inside the entrance, near the bottom of the stairs.
work in the 1960s, many of them were removed and replaced with modern structures.

At the end of the 20th century, new molds were made to restore Guimard's designs as historical monuments to his work.
 
Erected 2000 by histoire(s) de métro.
 
Location. 48° 52.564′ N, 2° 20.643′ E. Marker is in Paris, Île-de-France, in Paris. Marker is at the intersection of Rue Cadet and Rue la Fayette, on the right when traveling north on Rue Cadet. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paris, Île-de-France 75009, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cour Cadet (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Passages Jouffroy et Verdean (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Jewish Student Memorial (approx. half a kilometer away); Le Golf Drouot (approx. half a kilometer away); Passage des Panoramas (approx. half a kilometer away); Square Aristade Caviaillé-Coll (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); A la Memoire des Cheminots de la Region du Nord (approx. 0.9 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Paris.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for the Hector Guimard. (Submitted on July 12, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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