Square d'Orléans

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The Square d'Orléans
Plaque commemorating the residence of George Sand at the Square d'Orléans

The Square d'Orléans (also known as the cité des Trois-Frères), is a residential square in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, at 80, rue Taitbout.

The square was designed by the English architect Edward Cresy,[1] and built in 1829 on land that had originally belonged to the family of the musician Daniel Auber. The original entry to the square was at 36, rue Saint-Lazare. The name 'Square d'Orléans' was probably a tribute to Louis Philippe of the Orléans family, who became King of France in 1830.[2] ('Trois-Frères', the alternative name for the square, is the name of a former part of rue Taitbout).

The facades of the interior courtyard are decorated by porches with Ionic half-pillars, in a style that is analogous to that of the terraces of Regent's Park, London, (e.g. Cumberland Terrace), designed by John Nash in the 1820s.[3]

The Square became a fashionable residence in which many celebrities of the July monarchy period took apartments, including Frédéric Chopin, George Sand, Marie Taglioni, Alexandre Dumas and Charles-Valentin Alkan.[4]

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  1. ^ Goodwin (n.d.)
  2. ^ Centorame (n.d.)
  3. ^ Centorame (n.d.).
  4. ^ Centorame (n.d.); François-Sappey and Luguenot (2013), 110.
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