Sunday, February 10, 2013

Gratte-Ciel : An Art Deco Neighborhood

The Gratte-Ciel neighborhood in Villeurbanne, a suburb of Lyon, was completed in 1934. It's two 19-story Art Deco towers stand sentinel at the entrance of an intimate main street lined with shops and cafes which leads to a square where you find the City Hall and a Theatre (pictured above). Gratte-Ciel means "skyscraper" in French. This is one of the most interesting places in Lyon for me I suppose because it's so unique. The pictures I took on this cold, dreary Sunday don't do it justice but I have inserted a link at the bottom of the post that will take you to another place with some great photos.

The towers

This project was very modern for its time as the apartments had running hot water, central heat and elevators. Other features include graduated balconies and stained glass windows with geometric designs in the stairwells.

City Hall of Villeurbanne

Visit THIS SITE to see more current and historic images of these apartments and buildings including a furnished model of what one would have looked like in the 30's. 

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