In my preceding post I mentioned a chimney. You can find it inside a surprising building (39, rue des Francs-Bourgeois).
This is what the facade and entrance look like.
This was a factory built during the 1880’s, for La Société des Cendres, (The Ash Company). This company was created to handle dust sweep and “scrap” that was left after manufacturing of jewellery – some 500 jewellers, dentists, photographers, engravers... were associated in the creation of the company. The intention was to recover, platinum, gold, silver… . The activity continued here until 2002. The company still exists, now situated in a suburb – and is still the owner of the premises here.
However, today the place is now occupied by a Japanese clothing company (Uniqlo). The restoration of the building, severely surveyed by State Architects, has been done so that the major elements of the building have been saved, including the chimney.
Furthermore, on a lower level, some elements from the former factory have also been saved and are exposed - all completed by explanatory texts, videos…
A blogger friend (his blog about Paris is remarkable) visited the place before the restoration works started. Here are some of his illustrations and here is a link to the posts (1) (2). … and what he also was able to then visit was the cellar below, where you again can find traces of the Philippe-Auguste Wall (see my previous posts).