Gare des Brotteaux

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Gare des Brotteaux
Gare de Genève
Gare des brotteaux Lyon.jpg
Facade of the railway station
General information
Location 6th arrondissement of Lyon, Lyon, France
Coordinates 45°46′02″N 4°51′35″E / 45.7672°N 4.8598°E / 45.7672; 4.8598Coordinates: 45°46′02″N 4°51′35″E / 45.7672°N 4.8598°E / 45.7672; 4.8598
Construction started 1858
Completed 1908
Inaugurated 29 March 1908
Owner Réseau Ferré de France
Design and construction
Architect Paul d'Arbaut

The Gare des Brotteaux is an old railway station located in the Brotteaux quarter, in the 6th arrondissement of Lyon.


Old photo of the station

Built by the Paris-Lyon-Méditerranée company (PLM), and especially by Parisian architect Paul d'Arbaut[1] and engineer Victor-Louis Rascol, the station served the line to Ambérieu-en-Bugey and Geneva. Its style is almost the same as the Gare d'Orsay which was built at the same time. The first station, called Gare de Genève, was created in 1858, then was replaced by the current station, built in 1904 and inaugurated on 29 March 1908.[2]

The new railway station[edit]

Reconstruction of the current Gare des Brotteaux, at the Musée du train miniature, in Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne

Since 1982, facades, roofs and the salle des pas perdus were classified as monuments historiques.[3][4] The station closed on 13 June 1983, when the Gare de la Part-Dieu began to be used, because it would have to be renovated (to build new platforms, to solve traffic problems, access and parking of vehicles). The building for passengers kept its original decor with paintings by several artists, including Charles Lacour, Antoine Barbier and Clovis Terreire. The building was rehabilitated in 1988 by architect Yves Heskia. The same year, the station was sold by the SNCF and currently hosts the auction house of Jean-Claude Anaf, the Brasserie de l'Est by Paul Bocuse, the architectural workshop Arche, among other things.[2]

In 2002, the monument was labeled heritage of the twentieth century.[1]

The station was renovated between 2002 and 2006 for a total cost of 7.141 million euros.[5]


The architecture of the railway station consists of moving volumes, bay windows, plant motifs and art castings. Crests and mosaics are displayed on the facade.[6]


  1. ^ a b Mairie de Lyon (2004). Zoom rive gauche — Lire la ville en creux et en relief — Lieux, sites et acteurs du patrimoine (in French). Mission site historique de la ville de Lyon. p. 18. 
  2. ^ a b "Vie et mort des gares lyonnaises : l'effet TGV" (in French). Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon. 3 October 2006. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gare des Brotteaux à Lyon 06 (69)" (in French). Patrimoine de France. Archived from the original on 20 June 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Monuments historiques — Gare des Brotteaux" (in French). Mérimée. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "La cure de jouvence de la gare des Brotteaux" (in French). Lyon People. 10 May 2004. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Eberhard, Pierrick (2010). Lyon et ses parcs et jardins — Grand Lyon, département du Rhône (in French). Lyon: Éditions Lyonnaises d'Art et d'Histoire. p. 70. ISBN 978-2-84147-218-5.