Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

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Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
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Arrondissement 8th
Quarter Madeleine. Faubourg du Roule.
Begins 15-19 rue Royale
Ends 46 avenue de Wagram and 2 place des Ternes
Length 2,070 m (6,790 ft)
Width 14.50 m (47.6 ft) between rue Royale and rue La Boétie; 13.80 m between rue La Boétie and avenue de Wagram
Denomination December 10, 1847
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rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

The rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is a street in Paris, France. Although relatively narrow and nondescript (especially in comparison to the nearby avenue des Champs-Élysées), it is cited as being one of the most fashionable streets in the world, thanks to the presence of virtually every major global fashion house. Like the nearby avenue Montaigne, the street has been consistently dedicated, throughout its length, to high-fashion stores and other exclusive establishments.

The rue Saint-Honoré, of which the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is now an extension, began as a road extending west from the northern edge of the Louvre property. (Saint Honoré is the popular French saint, Honorius of Amiens.)

Until the 18th century, a few small villages were dispersed in a rural area that extended west of the Louvre. In one of the villages, Roule, the main street, actually little more than a dirt road, was the street that became known the rue Neuve-Saint-Honoré; it was lined and surrounded by a few mansions. The passage was upgraded in the 12th century to accommodate the increasing traffic from Paris's central market, Les Halles, to the outer villages. (The market was moved from the center of Paris in 1971 to the suburb Rungis.)

The road extended to the edge or gate of Paris. The passage was renamed the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré when the village became an official suburb of Paris; in fact, foris burgem in Latin means "outside the city." (Originally the passage extended to the far-off Forêt de Rouvray ("oak forest"), now extinct, which covered a vast areas west of Paris and of which the present Bois de Boulogne is a survivor.) Only in 1860 was the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré incorporated into Paris's city limits.

At number 55 is the Élysée Palace (Palais de l'Élysée), the official residence of the President of the French Republic.

Contemporary Paris[edit]

The newest cool in Paris can roam from Montmartre through any number of arondissements.[1] But depending on tradition is the a reliable gauge of style in Paris and high style can be found along 10 blocks of Rue St.-Honoré, from Rue Cambon to Rue des Pyramides [2]

The Élysée Palace, the official residence of the President of France

Notable establishments in the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré[edit]

  • No. 14: The atelier and boutique of couturier Dominique Sirop, who established his enterprise in 1996 and at this location from 2000.
  • No. 19: Perfumier Jean-François Houbigant established his shop, "À la Corbeille de Fleurs" ("at the sign of the flower basket"), in 1775.
  • No. 22: The flagship store of Lanvin, initially established by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889 and here as a couture establishment after several prior locations.
  • No. 24: The flagship store of Hermès, a company of finely crafted goods, established in 1837 and located at the present address since 1880.
  • No. 29: The institute and headquarters of Lancôme, the cosmetics brand, established in 1935.
  • No. 31: An annex of the Embassy of Japan.
  • No. 33: Hôtel Perrinet et de Jars, headquarters of the Cercle de l'Union interalliée, the building as a pair with No. 35, built in 1713.
  • No. 35: The embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, purchased by the British government in 1947 and altered.
  • No. 41: The Hôtel de Pontalba, built by Louis Visconti 1842–1855, now the residence of the United States Ambassador to France, having been purchased by the U.S. government in 1948.
  • No. 55: The Élysée Palace, originally the Hôtel d'Évreux, completed and decorated by 1722; used by Napoléon's government from 1808; and is now the official residence of the President of France.
  • No. 56: The offices of the French edition of Vogue magazine in the Publications Condé Nast Building.
  • No. 71: The former address of Galerie J. Le Chapelin, 1950s (now closed)
  • No. 96: Ministry of the Interior (on the place Beauvau.)
  • No. 101: The flagship shop and tea room of Dalloyau, a luxury gastronomic brand name.
  • No. 112: The Hôtel Le Bristol, a luxury hotel. [1]
  • No. 135: The residence of the Canadian Ambassador to France.

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bernard Stéphane and Franz-Olivier Giesbert. Petite et Grande Histoire des rues de Paris. Paris: Albin Michel, 2000. ISBN 978-2-226-10879-1
  • Bernard-Claude Galey. Origines surprenantes des noms de villages, des noms des rues de Paris et de villes de province. Paris: Le Cherche Midi, 2004. ISBN 978-2-7491-0192-7.
  • Anne Thorval. Promenades sur les lieux de l'histoire: D'Henri IV à Mai 68, les rues de Paris racontent l'histoire de France. Paris: Paragamme, 2004. ISBN 978-2-84096-323-3.

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Métro station[edit]

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The rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is:

Located near the metro stationsSaint-Philippe du Roule or Madeleine.

It is served by the 2, 8, 9, 12, and 14 lines.

Coordinates: 48°52′11.75″N 2°19′6.23″E / 48.8699306°N 2.3183972°E / 48.8699306; 2.3183972