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May 13, 2010



I love the blue! Anxiously awaiting Yurly's history lesson about this beautiful courtyard. His info about the courtyard on the Ile was fabulous.


*blushing* errr... it's Yuriy with an "i" after "r". And there is not a lot to be found about the building. David Thomson tells us that, "Carlo Savornini or Savourny was a royal equerry, and like Gonzaga, he built his modest house in the current Parisian fashion, with a decoration of rustication less refined than the bevelled blocks on the garden front of the Hôtel Mortier, void of columns of pilaster, and without pediments." (David Thomson, Renaissance Paris, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, 1984, p. 106) I was also able to find out the name of the master mason (one of the two) who was in charge of the construction, "L'Hôtel de Savourny au n° 4, construit en 1586, par les maîtres maçons Noël Crécy " (Juliette Faure, Le Marais: organisation du cadre bâti, Paris, l'Harmattan, 1997). Around 1908 and later, a wholesale pharmaceutical company was located at this address, "H. Salle & Cie. 4, rue Elzévir, 4. - Paris. Drogueris & Produits Chimiques. En gros." The same company advertised their apparent offshoot temptingly named Fabrique Française d'Alcaloïdes. (Journal de Pharmacie et de Chimie, Sixième Série, Tome Vingt-Septième, Paris, 1908, p. 7)
In the WWII years we find six children of the Kopitowski family, Flora, 17 years old, Rachel, 15 years old, Bernard, 12 years old, Jacqueline, 6 years old, Samuel, 5 years old, and Colette, 4 years old, who resided at 4, rue Elzévir and in 1942 were deported to the infamous Drancy, and most probably perished in one of the Nazi concentration camps. (Serge Klarsfeld, French Children of the Holocaust, New York University Press, New York, 1996, p. 219)


Me the French bleues!!


BTW, great cover story in Passport. May I get a signed copy please? ;)

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