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Paris Urban Renewal in the 19th Century

While viewing the collections of the J Paul Getty Musueum, I came across some images of Paris in 1865.   At that time, Napoléon III’s architect and city planner, Baron Haussmann, was planning a broad program of civic improvements in Paris that would extensively alter the layout of the city’s boulevards and streets.Charles Marville  in 1865 was hired by Parisian officials to create a record of existing streets in this ancient city before urban renewal started. New roads cut through ancient neighborhoods, while streets such as the rue de Bourdonnais were realigned and widened. What an amazing record of history! As an urban planner, this type of information is invaluable.

Rue Tirechappe, Paris

Rue Tirechappe, Paris

Rue de Bourdonnais, Paris (1865)

Rue de Bourdonnais, Paris (1865)

The Double Doorway, rue de la Ferronnerie (1865)

The Double Doorway, rue de la Ferronnerie (1865)

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