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11, rue Berryer, Paris, France

Adèle, Baroness Salomon de Rothschild, built 11 rue Berryer between 1872 and 1878, on the site of the remains of Balzac’s residence, the folie Beaujon, extending the garden with the purchase of 20 rue de Balzac in 1882. The architects were Léon Ohnet and Justin Ponsard. The house had features in common with other Rothschild houses, such as Ferrières and 47 rue de Monceau, the core of the house being a vast hall surrounded by an upper gallery, and featuring an enormous mantle-piece. The interior decoration was consigned to a painter, Léopold Moulignon, who took his inspiration from Baroque and bucolic styles. When Adèle died in 1922, she left it to the nation, along with her collections and her wish that it should be used for artists and academics under the name ‘fondation Salomon de Rothschild’.

Since 1975 it has been home to the Fondation nationale des arts graphiques et plastiques.

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