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May 26, 2010



Richard ... As usual many thanks for letting us in on your secrets in Paris.

Perhaps someone can follow this info up .... France Telecom Longues Distances. 61, rue des Archives. 75003 Paris FRANCE seemed to be in residence in 2009. I could not find anything more recent. didn't seem to reveal anything on the building's history either.


Hi Richard ... and here is a link to an agent renting out what now seem to be apartments?

There is a google map showing the wonderful door that you have drawn our attention to with those great photographs.

Thanks again for your hard work!


The Carolinas and their wrought iron gates are poor relationss of these "oeuvres massifs". Just like in Muriel Barbery's "Elegance of the Hedgehog" which I lapped up: loved it beyond words!


Thank you. Great one! Love Paris.


i think it s part of the post office administration dated around 1920’s i think, great one in fact !


I continue to enjoy your photos a lot. These made me think of some new -- but quite fascinating -- doors on rue de l'Universite, just east of rue du Bac. If you're in the area sometime, take a look. It's a huge building that's been under reconstruction for some time and the stores/offices seem to be getting ready to open soon. I'm not sure what the amazing carved doors open onto, but they sure are works of art in their own right.


In deed, it is a very nice building. It is France Telecom. I understand (although not certain) that is where they used to house all the overseas operators back in the days when they had ‘switchboards”, etc. A while back there were some temporary boards on the street talking about the history, etc. Somewhere I heard that it was one of the last buildings handed over by the Nazi’s at the end of the war, because of its important activities.


just saw your door from 61 rue des Archives - incredible - never saw before !!

The Armchair Parisian

Gorgeous. I'll add to my list of "things to see' next time...


Would be glad to take up yet another research but... gotta packing. Leaving for Paris tomorrow :)


That door is just gorgeous! And you always do such a great job of sharing the best details with us. Hey--this is your camera back at work, right?


Please could someone here help us solve a riddle about ornate frameworks on a number of Parisian door frames.

The piece in question is either metal or stone and is found on the bottom corners of certain double doors. Some are placed diagonally across the frame and others are either metal balls or pyramid shapes.

Are these to limited the width of the doors or are they simply just decoration!


Hi richard,
thanks for your question I believe the frameworks you are talking about were used to protect the wheels of the horse carriages from hitting the sides of the building.

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