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Spotlight On…Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Galerie_Lafayette_Haussmann_DomeOne of the most famous department stores in Paris, and perhaps the world, the Galeries Lafayette, had surprisingly humble origins. In 1893 Théophile Bader and his cousin Alphonse Kahn opened a fashion store in a small haberdasher’s shop at the corner of rue La Fayette and the Chaussée d’Antin, Paris. In 1896, the company was successful enough to purchase the entire building at n°1 rue La Fayette and in 1905 the buildings at n°38, 40 et 42, boulevard Haussmann and n°15 rue de la Chaussée d’Antin.
Théophile Bader commissioned Georges Chedanne and then his pupil Ferdinand Chanut to design the layout of the Haussmann location. A glass and steel dome, and Art Nouveau staircases were built in 1912 and this 10-story masterpiece of design is the company’s flagship store.
Galeries Lafayette
40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France‎ – 01 42 82 34 56‎

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