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Paris Architecture Tour

My friend and I are spending a week in Paris in June. Though neither of us are architects, we love tours that focus on it. Does anyone have a tour that they have taken that focuses on Paris, both new and old, architecture?

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Here is a link to a short DIY walk of Art Nouveau in the 7th featuring facades by Jules Lavirotte.

https://www.parisperfect.com/blog/2011/03/art-nouveau-7th-arrondissement/

There are a couple more addresses on this Wiki entry for Jules Lavirotte on Rue du Grenelle that you could add in as well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jules_Lavirotte

Here also is a replay of a live walk by Corey Frye, A French Frye in Paris who started this walk by the building on Square Rapp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAY8vsAbpFs

I realize you are probably wanting a structured, formal tour but if you will be in the Eiffel Tower area these buildings are just a block or so away from the Champ de Mars so very easy to work in walking by them.

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Thanks so much Pam. This is a definate possibility even if we find a formal tour.

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Pam's list is perfect ! I have visited most of the Lavirotte sights on past visits , and highly recommend them . I am a lover of Art Nouveau , and seek out any incarnation of the style I can find in any country ( Nancy , in The Lorraine , is a particular treasure trove ) While in Paris , you can seek out Beaux Arts architecture ( notable , is The Palais Garnier , the old Paris Opera ) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palais_Garnier#Main_fa%C3%A7ade . Belle - Epoque examples , are also a must - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_architecture_of_the_Belle_%C3%89poque Read and prepare , ahead of your visit , and armed with that information , you will be able to see more .and in greater depth , than would be available with a tour .

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I’ve done a self-guided walking tour of Art Nouveau buildings that was wonderful. I’ve also done a Paris Greeters walk in which I specified I wanted to focus on architecture — I ended up being matched with a retired architect who took me around the 14th arr. where I was staying - it was excellent!

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@Steven - the Carnavalet has an entire pharmacy in that style, absolutely beautiful!

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Thank you all for the ideas. And the store in the Carnavalet is amazing looking.

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@steven - yes, that one! i thought it was a Pharmacy not a Jewelry shop but regardless, it was gorgeous!

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Oh, I just thought of something else when I read Steven's post! Depending on where you are staying (and I will thoroughly question you on Saturday at our meet-up, lol) you could also have a meal or go for happy hour to La Coupole in the Montparnasse area. It's interior is pure Art Deco.

https://www.lacoupole-paris.com/en/

Carnavalet is wonderful although it's very easy to get turned around in there even after their reno. You'll need timed entry reservations but the museum itself is a City of Paris museum and therefore free. Closed on Mondays. And yes, that jewelry shop is wonderful! I love the stained glass panels in there.

Shelly, do you remember where you found the self-guiding tour or did you just put it together yourselves? Always interested!