Hôtel du Châtelet

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The hôtel du Châtelet in Paris

The hôtel du Châtelet is a hôtel particulier in Paris. It is located at 127, rue de Grenelle, in the 7th arrondissement. The building is now the home of the Ministry of Labour and the minister’s official residence.


It was commissioned from Mathurin Cherpitel in 1770 by the Duke of Châtelet and completed in 1776. After the duke was guillotined in 1793, the house was inscribed on the list of civil buildings, and it served from 1796 to 1807 as the headquarters of the École nationale des ponts et chaussées.

From 1807 to 1830, it was attached to the Imperial, and later Royal, Household. Between 1830 and 1849, it served as the Turkish embassy and then the Austrian embassy. In 1849, Napoleon III's government offered the building to the Archbishop of Paris (the latter's palace having burned down in 1831), following renovations financed by the state. From 1849 to 1905, the building's main body served as the archepiscopal residence.

Upon the separation of church and state in 1905, the state took back possession of the building, granting it in 1907 to what was then called the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. Following restoration in 1908, it became the headquarters of the ministry. In 1968, it was the site of the signature of the Grenelle agreements.

Coordinates: 48°51′27″N 2°18′57″E / 48.85750°N 2.31583°E / 48.85750; 2.31583