Fondation Dosne Thiers, Paris

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The Fondation Dosne-Thiers is a history library located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris at 27, place St-Georges, Paris, France. It is open to researchers who obtain recommendations from a member of the Institut de France.
The foundation is housed within the Hôtel Dosne-Thiers, a former home of historian Louis-Adolphe Thiers (1797–1877) built in 1873 by architect Alfred-Philibert Aldrophe (1834–1895) to replace Thiers' earlier mansion on the site, which was destroyed in the Paris Commune. It was bequeathed to the Institut de France in 1905.
The Fondation contains a large collection of books and objets d'art assembled by Thiers, and is notable for its superb library of French history and a substantial body of Napoleonic memorabilia which may be viewed by prior request. The library also displays temporary exhibits.
The library, the Bibliothèque Thiers, specializes in the history of France from 1789–1900, including its general, political, military, social, and administrative history. It holds one of the world's largest collections on the First French Empire bequeathed by the historian and academician Frédéric Masson. All told, the library contains about 150,000 volumes, plus about 30,000 prints and cartoons, 1,000 drawings, and more than 3,000 manuscripts.
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  • In the 9th arrondissement, in the place Saint-Georges, you will discover the hotel Thiers of the Fondation Dosne. Its construction was carried out between 1873 and 1875 under the French architect Alfred-Philibert Aldrophe. It includes a study library specializing in the history of France in the 19th century, composed of more than 150000 volumes. Unfortunately, if you move, you will stay behind the wall and its Portal. Indeed, visits are possible, paying, but organized for groups, by appointment and with speakers. As for the library, it is open only on Thursdays and Fridays afternoons and reserved for researchers... Otherwise, you have to wait for the heritage days... So no interest for walkers or tourists passing.. In addition, the building does not present anything extraordinary that can compensate for a displacement... On the other hand, admire the sculptures of the façade of the Hotel de la Paiva just opposite. The Metro, line 12, station "Saint-Georges", right in front.
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  • This particular hotel called Fondation Dosne Thiers, is located in place Saint Georges in the 9th arrondissement; This district is also called "the new Athens" where from 1819, artists and financiers, are built special hotels, in a neo classic style reminiscent of ancient orders vulgarly called "Antiquisant". The Church near "Notre Dame de Lorette", which dates from that time, is a witness of this architecture. This particular hotel, partly responds to these criteria, since it dates from 1873, where architects like to copy the so-called "classical" style with the effects of columns with Corinthian or Ionic capitals, with a large marquee carved in antique style, which co uronne the Central Pavilion. The building is also poorly balanced, since a square-shaped Pavilion is located on the left side and ruins the harmony of the entire structure. In fact, the first building, which dates from 1832, was of classical style and was acquired by Adolphe Thiers. It was destroyed during the commune of Paris, while Thiers had fled to Versailles. The hotel is rebuilt in 1873, in a slightly different style, which copies the Versailles of Louis XIV, a little pompous, but which incorporates elements of the "classic"! Yet, the first time, I was seduced by this style, knowing of course that this is a copy, that my predecessor in writing "Pierre G" called "puffiness and grotesque architectural paving of the nineteenth century". This is said, but I find this opinion a little excessive, without depriving its author of his free thought. In 1905, the beautiful sister of Thiers, bequeathed the Hotel Particulier and its collections, to the Institut de France one can visit the library, which is normally assigned to research, provided to be part of a group with lecturer; I dropped out and, perhaps, would I have the opportunity to visit it during the next heritage days? However, if I believe the words of my esteemed predecessor, it is not worth the blow; In any case, you have to go in the charming little square "Alex Biscarre", which is behind the hotel, to appreciate the calm and the charming side of the places, also taking advantage of the view of the rear of the building, so much maligned by "Pierre G", of which act. This particular hotel is accessible by the Metro station "Saint Georges", line no. 12, an exit is located at the foot of the building.
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  • Magnificent mansion late nineteenth, symbol of the extreme political tensions of the beginnings of the 3rd Republic. The Communards had destroyed the mansion of Thiers: it was rebuilt even more grandiose with public funds, according to a special law. Today, it is the seat of a foundation dedicated to historical research over the period 1789-1914. A place laden with history, which is visited by appointment.
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