No. 29 Avenue Rapp

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
A prime example of Art Nouveau architecture is No. 29, and it won its designer, Jules Lavirotte, first prize at the Concours des Facades de la Ville de Paris in 1901. Its ceramics and brickwork are decorated with animal and flower motifs intermingling with female figures. These are superimposed on a multicolored sandstone base to produce a facade that is deliberately erotic, and was certainly subversive in its day. Also worth visiting is Lavirotte’s building, complete with watchtower, which can be found in the Square Rapp.

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