Friday, August 21, 2009

stair-stockings

the entry courtyard of the17th century Hôtel de Sully is one I know well as I frequently trespass through to the parc of the Place des Vosges...
one day as I entered through the rue Saint-Antoine doors I was confronted by clunky barricades, spindly scaffolding, and metal stairs sexily clad in a giantess net stocking - all sullying the usually drowsy elegance of this domain overseen by no less than the Four Seasons and the Four Elements...

[designed by Jean Androuet du Cerceau and built between 1624 and 1630 for Mesme Gallet, the Hôtel de Sully was soon acquired by the duc de Sully, Minister of Finances to Henri IV... it is now the Centre des Monuments Nationaux to manage monuments and historic buildings belonging to the state... since 2004, it also houses the state's contemporary photo collection in the Jeu de Paume museum... as well as one of my favourite bookstores with a comprehensive collection of books on Paris...
Hôtel de Sully...62, rue Saint-Antoine]

1 comment:

Peter said...

Sullying the Hôtel de Sully; well found!

This is often a problem, especially whe you come to place you will probably never visit again and it's under refurbishing. On the other hand, we should be happy that the old buildings are well kept...