This picturesque art-deco façade — made mainly of ceramic tiles — provides a welcome splash of color on the otherwise undistinguished Cours de Vincennes at the eastern end of Paris.
Zaengerler et Roussel was an enterprise that made tiles and mosaics. The company no longer exists (having gone bankrupt in 1938 during the great depression) but the façade has been preserved.
The three words under the window are Carrelage, Faïence, Mosaique, meaning “tiles, earthenware, mosaic”.
The Cours de Vincennes is a broad avenue that goes from Place de la Nation to Porte de Vincennes. From one line of buildings to the other, this avenue is nearly seventy-nine meters wide — ten meters wider than the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, if I have measured correctly. (Don’t worry, I didn’t measure it on the ground.)
Open-air markets are held on the Cours de Vincennes on some days, but otherwise the street is mainly a highway for motor vehicles.
My photos on this post are from 2011. I revised the text in 2021.