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Sign: Paris - History of Paris - Hôtel de Donon

10 Rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France
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On the sign:
[An illustration of a ship, symbolizing the symbol of Paris]

Histoire de Paris

Hôtel de Donon
Bâti vers 1575 pour Médéric de Donon, contrôleur des Bâtiments du roi, familier de Catherine de Médicis et gendre du sculpteur Girolamo della Robbia, il évoque le souvenir de la maison de Philibert Delorme, rue de la Cerisaie, maintenant disparue. Sa façade sur cour possède deux grandes baies jumelées presque palladiennes, prises sous un fronton triangulaire interrompu. Sur rue, la façade a été refaite au début du XVIIe siècle. En piteux état, menacé de démolition, l’hôtel de Donon a été restauré et affecté au musée Cognacq-Jay, qui a quitté le boulevard des Capucines pour y conserver désormais ses collections du XVIIIe siècle, léguées en 1928 à la Ville de Paris.

[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 private mansion Hôtel de Donon, which now houses the Cognacq-Jay Museum

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Translation of the text on the sign:

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

History of Paris

Hôtel de Donon
Built around 1575 for Médéric de Donon, Controller of the King’s Buildings, familiar with Catherine de Medici and son-in-law of the sculptor Girolamo della Robbia, it evokes the memory of the house of Philibert Delorme, rue de la Cerisaie, which has now disappeared. Its courtyard facade has two large, almost Palladian, paired bays, caught under an interrupted triangular pediment. On the street, the facade was redone at the beginning of the 17th century. In poor condition, threatened with demolition, the Hôtel de Donon was restored and assigned to the Cognacq-Jay museum, which left the boulevard des Capucines to now keep its 18th century collections there, bequeathed in 1928 to the City of Paris.

[Illustration of the Building]

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