(My “commenting problems” seem to have been solved, thanks to a friend.)
Rue de Charonne exists since the 17th century. It starts close to the Bastille (see previous posts), Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine (see previous posts), and ends up close to the Père Lachaise Cemetery (see previous posts).
Walking along the street, I believe that one is especially attracted by the backyards, the alleys... This was a very industrial area with a lot of small industries and you can still find some.
This is also how you can find some green areas and some spring signs.
I deviated a little to the Saint Catherine Church, but I will revert on that in another post. In front of the church is the Square Raoul Nordling. I wanted to see it, as last week I saw an excellent (and successful) play at the Madeleine Theatre telling the story about the Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling, who in August 1944 managed to persuade General von Choltitz not to destroy Paris before leaving it, despite Hitler’s orders. Orson Wells played Raoul Nordling in “Is Paris Burning?”.
A few words about some buildings along the street: There were several convents. Here you can see what remains of two, the Benedictines de Bon-Secours convent and just opposite, the smaller convent of Madeleine de Traisnel, which has figured in literature – Alexandre Dumas and also Patrick Süskind; the hero of “Perfume” spent his childhood as neighbour to the convent.
A private mansion, Hôtel de Mortagne, from 1661, is still there (although a bit hidden). Louis XVI bought it in 1783 and made it to a museum for Arts and Crafts. In 1802 the bigger museum for Arts and Crafts (Arts et Métiers) was opened at what previously was the Priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs (see previous post). A big building in art nouveau style from 1910 belongs since 1926 to the Salvation Army. There are some hundreds of small apartments for women. Its’ referred to as the “Palais de la Femme”.
A special event took place in 1962 at the Charonne metro station. The Left organized a demonstration in favour of the Algerian Independence, repressed by the police. Nine people were killed when trying to take refuge in the station.
The “Musiciens du Métro” has an address here. They organize a lot of music activities including the rehearsals to allow musicians to play in the metro. I wrote more about this in a previous post.
Finally, and what of course is important, is that you can find a number of nice bars and restaurants along the street, e.g. “L’Armagnac” and the “Bistrot du Peintre” which has kept its original 1902 art nouveau style.