Rue de Provence
The rue de Provence is a street located in the 8th and 9th Arrondissements of Paris. It begins at the rue du Faubourg Montmartre and ends at the rue de Rome . Only the short part of the street between rue du Havre and rue de Rome is in the 8th arrondissement.
|Length||1,193 m (3,914 ft)|
|Width||18 m (59 ft)|
|Quarter||Chaussée d'Antin. Madeleine|
|From||Rue du Faubourg-Montmartre|
|To||Rue de Rome|
Where the road is now, there used to be a little river called "ruisseau de Menilmontant" (Menilmontant brook). With the Parisian population increasing, this little river became the two-metre wide Grand Egout (great sewer) in the 17th century. Letters patent on December 15 1770 allowed the banker Jean-Joseph de Laborde to create the Rue de Provence; which would cover the "Grand Egout". The width of the road was set at 30 feet, confirmed by two ministry decisions on March 20 1813 and May 21 1823.
While "Provence" is the name of a region in the south-east of France, the street is actually named in honor of Louis-Stanislas-Xavier, comte de Provence, king of France from 1814 to 1824 under the name of Louis XVIII.
In 1884, the rue de Provence absorbed the rue Saint-Nicolas-d'Antin, which extended it further west.
|Located near the Métro stations: Le Peletier, Havre - Caumartin and Trinité - d'Estienne d'Orves.|
- n° 22 (corner of rue Chauchat): 18th-century mansion transformed by Samuel Bing into an Art Nouveau exposition building in 1895. Sold in 1904 to the ébénist Louis Majorelle as an exposition room. Now a post office, keeping the exterior decoration.
- n° 32: Rare example of a building built in the late 1790s.
- n° 34: The door is the only remainder of the hôtel Thellusson built in 1778 by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux for the widow of Swiss banker Georges-Tobie de Thellusson. The opening of the hôtel on the rue de Provence was a huge triumphal arch. The hôtel was destroyed in 1826 when the rue Laffitte was lengthened.
- n° 122: location of one of the most famous former lupanars, the One-two-two.
- n° 126: Building built in 1911 by Henri Sauvage and Charles Sarrazin for the French decorator Louis Majorelle.
- Pérouse de Montclos (dir.), Op. cit., p. 405
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rue de Provence (Paris).|
- (in French) Félix Lazare, Dictionnaire administratif et historique des rues de Paris et de ses monuments, Paris, Imprimerie de Vinchon, 1844–1849
- (in French) Histoire de Paris rue par rue, maison par maison, Charles Lefeuve, 1875
- (in French) Jean-Marie Pérouse de Montclos (dir.), Le Guide du Patrimoine. Paris, Paris, Hachette, 1994
- (in French) Félix de Rochegude, Promenades dans toutes les rues de Paris. VIIIe arrondissement, Paris, Hachette, 1910
- (in French) Rue de Provence on the web site wikiparis