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Sign: Paris - History of Paris - Cercle de la Librairie

117 Bd Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
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On the sign:
[An illustration of a ship, symbolizing the symbol of Paris]

Histoire de Paris

Cercle de la Librairie
Les libraires, imprimeurs, fabricants et marchands de papier qui avaient créé en 1847 le Cercle de la Librairie, confient en 1877 à Charles Garnier la construction d’un immeuble destiné à abriter leurs réunions et à recevoir leurs expositions de promotion. Pour le pan coupé, Garnier conçoit une rotonde Couronnée d’un dôme un élégant escalier double revolution dessert la bibliothèque, puis conduit à l’étage supérieur, réservé aux activités du cercle. La pièce centrale était le salon de jeux, qui desservait à droite une salle de billard, à gauche la salle des fêtes affectée aux expositions. Le Cercle de la Librairie conserva un siècle l’immeuble inau- guré en 1879. L’Ecole nationale du Patrimoine, après divers travaux d’aménagement, s’y est installée en 1992.

[Illustration of the Building]
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One of the series of signs describing historical places in Paris. The signs were placed starting in 1992 and are also called sucettes Starck (Starck’s Lollipops) after Philippe Starck who designed them.

The sign depicts the "Library Circle" a place where the workers’ union of bodies related to the world of books and literature was founded. This name was also given to the building that previously served as the union’s main office.

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Translation of the text on the sign:

[An illustration of a ship, symbolizing the symbol of Paris]

History of Paris

Library Circle
The booksellers, printers, manufacturers and merchants of paper who had created the Cercle de la Librairie in 1847, entrusted Charles Garnier with the construction of a building in 1877 to house their meetings and receive their promotional exhibitions. For the cutaway, Garnier designed a rotunda Crowned with a dome, an elegant double revolution staircase serves the library, then leads to the upper floor, reserved for the activities of the club. The central room was the games room, which served on the right a billiard room, on the left the village hall assigned to exhibitions. The Cercle de la Librairie kept the building inaugurated in 1879 for a century. The National School of Heritage, after various development works, moved there in 1992.

[Illustration of the Building]

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