12.4.10

Avenue Henri Martin, Avenue Georges Mandel


The way from the Eiffel Tower (see previous posts) and Trocadéro (see previous post) to the Bois de Boulogne (see previous posts) would logically be this avenue. Half way, it actually changes names; Avenue Georges Mandel - the yellow dotted line – becomes Avenue Henri Martin – the red dotted line. When the avenue was opened in the middle of the 19th century it was first called Avenue de l’Empereur, then when there was no emperor any more, for a short while, Avenue de Trocadéro. Henri Martin was an historian and mayor of the arrondissement (the 16th), Georges Mandel a politician, assassinated in 1944.
Starting from Trocadéro, on the left side, is one of the nicer Paris cemeteries, the Passy one, on which I have already posted.
Despite having two names, this must be considered as one avenue. It’s large and most of the buildings may be considered as Haussmannian, but there are also a few more recent ones. They are all quite fashionable. I have concentrated on the entrances and some facades, most with some green space in front.

In the middle of the avenue is a tree surrounded lane (now used as parking space), which has got its name from Maria Callas, who lived and died (1977) in this building.
Along the avenue you will also find a small railway station, part of the ring railroad system which was created during the second half of the 19th century (see previous post), “La Petite Ceinture”, still in use for the express metro, RER, and which also houses a restaurant. You will also pass in front of the local (16th arrondissement) Town Hall, one of the more famous Paris schools, (Lycée Janson)…
One major building is the private mansion, built in 1904 for Winaretta Singer, heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, widow since 1901 of the Prince Edmond de Polignac. She was herself a decent painter and musician, but she is especially known for having sponsored what was then avant-garde music; several works of Debussy, Fauré, Ravel… were for the first time performed in her salon, Marcel Proust, Isabella Duncan, Claude Monet, Jean Cocteau, Serge Diaghilev… listened. Since 1928, when Winaretta moved out, the building houses the Foundation Singer-Polignac and conferences and concerts still take place here.

48 comments:

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Thanks Peter.. Even though I stayed near the Trocadero the first time, I never went in that direction.. Headed over the river most days. I was only there five days after all.. :-)

Catherine said...

This looks like a beautiful street and area - love those doorways and windows..

Owen said...

The Passy Cemetery is a small but beautiful one... haven't been there for a while, but remember some interesting things in there... Very chic neighborhood !

Simony said...

I don't know how, but I missed all of your last posts! I wasn't getting the updates. I am glad you are back to my page. Beautiful everything! I loved the way you composed this last post: the greenery with the entrances and buildings.

V Rakesh said...

Oh yes, those entrances looks as if they have personalities of themselves!

lasiate said...

un traitement très impressionniste pour la 1ère

Erin Wallace said...

These buildings with the art nouveau entrances are one of my favorite things about Paris. Thank you for the photos!

James said...

I feel like I just took a very nice walk in Paris and my feet still feel great. :)

Vagabonde said...

C’est vraiment une avenue élégante, et vous l’avez très bien montrée.

sinnlighet said...

What incredibly beautiful blog you have! My compliments!

A footprint from Agneta & Sweden

hpy said...

Sur ma route - pendant quelque temps!

Cergie said...

Quel bonheur Paris au printemps même ces façades pas trop rigolotes pour ne pas dire tristes sont égayées par les floraisons blanches, jaunes ou roses.
J'ai lu que certaine partie du cerveau des chauffeurs de taxi londoniens était boosté avec tous les noms des rues qu'ils devaient retenir, ce doit être aussi ton cas. Mais lorsqu'ils s'arrêtent, cela redevient normal.
Es tu normal, Peter ?

Adam said...

It certainly looks nice there in the Springtime, but it's a part of Paris that I never go to. Perhaps it's my proletarian roots that make me feel that I just don't belong at all!

Marie-Noyale said...

Si mes souvenirs sont bons l'Avenue Henri Martin etait rouge aussi au Monopoly!!
Entre les Camelias, les Magnolias les Forsythias...
et tous ceux que je ne connais pas, tu nous gates!!

Virginia said...

What a lovely stroll you took us on. I think I recognized an apartment building near Musée Marmottan Monet? Maybe not! The pink flowering trees are just gorgeous. Is it possible that they make Paris even more beautiful??
V

Cheryl said...

Such a lovely street, and a beautiful area! I think my friends and I got lost here my first time in Paris. We saw this very expensive looking cafe which we really wanted to go in for a rest and a drink. But being students, we waited until we found a less ritzy looking area. Would love to go to that cafe again---and this time---walk in!

ParisBreakfasts said...

I LOVE these Belle Epoch doorways with the wrought iron...
I will be seeing RED all week BECAUSE OF YOU!!!
HMPH

Starman said...

I'm always surprised to see palm trees in Paris.

Jeanie said...

What stunning buildings -- and Peter, it looks so beautiful in the spring! All those flowering trees and the greening of Paris -- already one of the greenest cities around! Lovely!

Baglady said...

Am loving the glass and iron awnings. Just beautiful.

Trotter said...

Hi Peter! Many miles on those Avenues, in partcular Henri Martin, direction Chateau de la Muette... I miss it... ;)
That Singer-Polignac building is gorgeous!!
Have a great week!!

La Belette Rouge said...

le sigh! this is such a beautiful post filled with all kinds of eye candy. paris in spring is all that the songs say it is.
p.s. thank you so much for your VERY kind comment on my blog. it means a lot to me.

claude said...

Deux avenues en une.
Une avenue à deux noms.
Très beaux immeubles et belles portes d'entrées. Deux avenues chics.

Bagman and Butler said...

Thanks for a wonderful stroll before work.

lyliane said...

Cela ne n'étonne plus que cette avenue était la plus chère au jeu du Monopoly, il y a de superbes petits manoirs.

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello dear Peter!
It's so nice to see your Paris with all wonderful colours and beautiful flowers again!
FAbulous pictures!
We had such a great time with our family in Brazil mais je suis fatigué, ce "jetlag" est catastrophe! LOL
Léia

Kate said...

Spring in Paris! So many beautiful blossoms and greenery in this post today, Peter! Thanks for your visit; yes, I am back home and none-too-happy about leaving New Mexico. Since you are so urban, you really must visit my santa fe blog today for quite a contrast (I'm still blogging 'til I deplete my photos from there).

Corine said...

What a magnificent avenue to walk along. I love the architecture. The doors and iron work are stunning. Such beauty. In Colorado things are so new, and plain, and kind of dull when it comes to homes....this is refreshing to see :)

Bergson said...

Paris en fleur le matin lorsqu'il y a personne ...

ALAIN said...

Les taxis d'aujourd'hui ont un GPS à la place du cerveau, ce n'est pas le cas de Peter.
Qui était Henri martin ?
# Henri Martin (1793-1882), dompteur français
# Henri Martin (1810-1883), historien et homme politique français
# Henri Martin (1860-1943), peintre français
# Henri Martin (1888-1972), joueur de rugby français
# Henri Martin (1895-1969), dit le « docteur Martin » ou encore « le Bib », membre de La Cagoule
# Henri Martin (1927), dirigeant du PCF au cœur de l'affaire du même nom
# Henri Martin (1949), maire de Port-la-Nouvelle pour le mandat 2001-2008

sonia a. mascaro said...

Another wonderful post, Peter!
I always enjoy seeing your beautiful photos.
Love those marvelous doorways, windows and facades.
Thanks, Peter!!!

Thérèse said...

Je me promène volontiers dans le quartier avec toutes tes prises de vues. Du temps où c'était métro/boulot/dodo et surtout pas le temps de lever les yeux! Maintenant je les ouvre bien grands, je t'assure.

Peter said...

Anne:
It's normal that you take the other direction during a shorter visit! :-)

Catherine:
It has it's special (fashionable) style! :-)

Owen:
Agree about the Passy cemetery! :-)

Peter said...

Simony:
Sometimes, time is missing (I know)! :-)

V Rakesh:
... and especially there are often personalities behind them! :-)

Lasiate:
Traitement? :-)

Peter said...

Erin:
So this post suited you well then! :-)

James:
Next time you use your feet! :-)

Vagabonde:
Très élégante, en effet! :-)

Peter said...

Sinnlighet:
Tack!! Glad att du hittade hit! :-)

hpy:
Il y a quelques années! :-)

Cergie:
Gentille ta question! :-))

Peter said...

Adam:
Yes, there is a certain difference between this avenue and some in the eastern part of Paris! :-)

Marie-Noyale:
C'est déjà bien d'avoir reconnu trois! :-)

Virginia:
Marmottan is close, but not quite there, but the buildings in the area are similar! :-)

Peter said...

Cheryl:
Next time I will invite you! :-)

ParisBreakfasts:
Any colour is welcome after this long winter! :-)

Starman:
Yes, not only in Florida! :-)

Peter said...

Jeanie:
Yes, Paris is quite green (except in winter of course)! :-)

Baglady:
But no (bag)shops around! :-)

Trotter:
Are you not coming back for other visits to OECD? :-)

Peter said...

La Belette Rouge:
You are worth all compliments! :-)

Claude:
Très chics, en effet! :-)

Bagman and Butler:
Early morning? :-)

Peter said...

Lyliane:
Une des plus chères! Très content de te retrouver ici! :-)

Léia:
Happy to see you back again, jetlag or not! :-)

Kate:
OK, I will have an "urban look" soonest! :-)

Peter said...

Corine:
I guess that fairly soon you will be able to see all this in real! :-)

Bergson:
Personne? J'ai visé au-dessus tes voitures et têtes! :-)

Alain:
No. 2 sur la liste! (Bon recherche!) :-)

Peter said...

Sonia:
Always so kind! :-)

Thérèse:
Ca change quand on devient blogueur / blogueuse! :-)

JM said...

I am always amazed at these gorgeous glass front porch designs!

Catherine said...

Ne me dis pas que tous les joueurs-visiteurs doivent te payer un loyer pour être passés sur ta "case" avenue Henry Martin avec un hotel (particulier). Sinon, je passe mon tour ou je passe par la case départ, et je touche 20 000 pour te régler.....

Peter said...

JM:
Yes, some of them are amazing! :-)

Catherine:
Je vois que tu connais bien les règles! :-)

Carolyn said...

Lovely post - have just discovered your blog (via Karin's alien parisienne) and look forward to reading further.

Cheers from Sydney (and sometimes Paris).

Carolyn
My Sydney Paris Life

Trotter said...

I'm stuck for the time being... And the fault is not with the vulcano... ;))