This seventeenth-century building in the fourth arrondissement at the corner of Quai des Célestins and Rue du Petit-Musc is one of the 1,823 buildings in Paris that are listed as Historical Monuments, which is intended to protect them from being demolished or grossly changed.
The word Hôtel is used here in the old sense, meaning a large private mansion. This one is called Hôtel Fieubet after its first owner, Gaspard de Fieubet.
The building is notable for its many decorations, such as garlands, trophies, torches, draperies, caryatids, atlases and gargoyles, some of which may have been added in the nineteenth century.
Today the building is used as a school, the École Massillon, which has been located here since 1877.
Here the two atlases, who (unusually) have no arms, seem to be supporting parts of the façade with their heads. (Female figures who do this are called caryatids.)
Location and aerial view on monumentum.fr.
My photos in this post are from 2014. I revised the text in 2020.
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