Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, France.
This palace inspired Louis XIV for Versailles.
Christmas Tree at Galeries Lafayette, Paris.
Charles Garnier’s Opéra de Paris, a grand neo-Baroque pile inaugurated in 1875, has always been associated with its designer (to the point that the building was renamed Palais Garnier in 1989). The commission to design this iconic Parisian landmark, however, was very nearly given to Charles Rohault de Fleury who, as official architect of the Opéra de Paris from 1846 to 1860, selected the site and determined the context of surrounding streets and buildings in which the Opéra is set.
These are some of the of the drawings made by Charles Rohault de Fleury for the commission.
“Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines — it’s hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.”
― Robin Sloan
Librairie Ancienne et Moderne, Galerie Vivienne, Paris
Evening dress, late 1800s, Paris, France.