In 1895, Théophile Bader and his cousin Alphonse Kahn opened a fashion store in a small haberdasher's shop at the corner of rue La Fayette and the Chaussée d'Antin, in Paris. In 1896, their company purchased the entire building at n°1 rue La Fayette; in 1905 they acquired the buildings at n°38, 40 and 42, boulevard Haussmann and n°15 rue de la Chaussée d'Antin. Bader commissioned the architect Georges Chedanne and his pupil Ferdinand Chanut to design the store at the Haussmann location, where a glass and steel dome and Art Nouveau staircases were finished in 1912.
From 1921 Maurice Dufrêne directed the Maîtrise workshop of the Galeries Lafayette. This workshop for decorative art and furniture followed the Primavera of the Printemps store founded in 1912 by René Guilleré, Paul Follot's Pomone of Le Bon Marché, and the Studium of the Grands Magasins du Louvre.
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The November 2017 vitrine theme: FAIRGROUND IN THE WINDOWS For this new, festive season, young and old will be literally whisked away by the world of an early 20th Century Paris fairground, reconstructed in the windows of Galeries Lafayette Haussmann. The barrel organ draws you in with its catchy rhythm, whilst you follow the feverish race between Pierre, the hero pigeon, and his sweetheart, Coco the gentle dove. In this exaggerated Paris, where a certain 20s surrealism collides with a baroque art deco spirit, a ferris wheel, claw machine, roller coasters…your head will be spinning, but fortunately at the end of the journey they find each other in the sky above Paris. Exactly above the Dome at Galeries Lafayette.
The entrance is right opposite the Opera. My bro said that the Parisian Opera was the spiritual source for the Phantom of the Opera show first performed in 1986 in London.
Staying under the remarkable dome of the store you can imagine how historic tour of the Galeries Lafayette may be interesting. From the official site: This tour will describe the commercial revolution of the 19th century, which gave rise to the birth of the department store, the beginnings of Galeries Lafayette and how it has developed since 1894. You will discover the secrets of its construction, step by step, from the ground floor to its panoramic terrace, and including the neo-byzantine dome that was inaugurated in 1912. The grand foyer, with its famous Dome, adorned with coloured glass and ironwork, marks the beginning of the historic relationship between the company and design. You will be invited to look at the history of Galeries Lafayette with fresh eyes, and at the architectural features that make it an Art Nouveau monument in Paris, admired by thousands of visitors for over 120 years.
The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. It was called the Salle des Capucines, because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier, in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier. The theatre is also often referred to as the Opéra Garnier and historically was known as the Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra, as it was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when the Opéra Bastille opened at the Place de la Bastille. The Paris Opera now mainly uses the Palais Garnier for ballet.