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 old National Archives building, which today houses the State Archives Museum.
The place was photographed on the same day Click for a larger image Translation of the text on the sign
[An illustration of a ship, symbolizing the symbol of Paris] History of Paris The National Archives
The National Archives are a creation of the French Revolution. From July 29, 1789, the regulations of the National Assembly provided for the conservation of its written documents, and the appointment of an archivist; a decree of September 1790 sanctioned by Louis XVI formalized the institution. Napoleon I was so interested in the “Archives of the Empire” that in 1808 he ordered the acquisition of the Rohan-Soubise palaces; on February 15, 1810, he even came to pay a surprise visit to General Guard Daunou, and declared himself satisfied with the temporary installation carried out at the Soubise hotel. Dreaming of a central European depot, the emperor laid the first stone on August 15, 1812 on Cygnus Island. His project was abandoned under the Restoration, but, thanks to a patient policy of acquisitions and expansion work, in 1941 the Archives extended over the entire quadrangle of the former "Chantier du Temple". In 1983, Stanislas Fiszer won the competition for the construction of CARAN (reception and research center, National Archives), inaugurated in March 1988.