What originally was built as a Capuchin convent around 1780-83, became a few years later – the Revolution - a school, renowned for a number of eminent teachers and pupils. It changed its name several times, but is since long known as the Lycée Condorcet. It’s very centrally located, between the Gare Saint Lazare and the department stores Printemps, Lafayette.
Here we can compare a map from 1790 (the first Paris map with exact measurements, in a perfect N/S direction) and the Google Earth views. One of the few things which haven’t changed is this building, and we can easily recognize it from this old gravure, when comparing with today.
The convent chapel was separated from the school and is now known as Saint Louis d’Antin. The church entrance is by the left gate.
I haven’t yet managed to get into the school building, but the church is of course open. Few people live around here, but as we are in a busy business and shopping district, it has a great number of visitors and offers several celebrations every day.
The organ was built by one of the most famous organ manufacturers, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, in 1858 and has hardly been changed since.
I noted especially two boxes, which give the impression to have been there for long – one for “confessions”, one for “deniers” - maybe a simultaneous act (?).