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architects paid little attention to the notion of « mens sana
in corpore sano » as there are so few sports-related decorative
features on façades but with some exceptions.
L'hôtel Mercédes (aujourd'hui immeuble de bureaux) construit en 1902 dans le XVIème arrondissement par Georges Chedanne sur les rues de Presbourg, Lauriston et l'avenue Victor Hugo est dédié au sport automobile puisqu'à l'époque l'automobile était plus un sport (élitiste et fort coûteux) qu'un moyen de transport. Ce choix est évidement commercial et sert à positionnerl'hôtel vis-à-vis d'une clientèle dynamique et fortunée.The
Hôtel Mercedes (today an office building) built in 1902 in the 16th
arrondissement by Georges Chedanne on rue de Presbourg, rue Lauriston and avenue Victor Hugo is devoted to
motor-racing because at the time the automobile was more of a sport
(elitist and terribly expensive) than a means of transport. This was
obviously a business-led choice and was used to chime with the tastes
of a wealthy and cutting-edge clientele.
Three sculptors Boutry, Sicard et Gasq shared the work.
On rue Lecourbe in the 15th arrondissement, a
late-20s dressed-stone building has references to golf and tennis,
both leisure-class pursuits; but the nearby Avenue de Breteuil is a smart
the same period, the entrance of some social housing constructed on
the site of the old fortifications highlights the merits of womens
tennis and ski-ing when emancipation was very much in the air. On the
other hand, there is a luxurious building in the 16th arrondissement
which promotes ice-skating in vaguely classical dress.
in the late 20s, a school near the Canal Saint Martin in the
working-class 10th arrondissement hymns education as a means of achieving
greatness as an intellectual, artist, engineer or even footballer.
there is building which is undated but most likely from the 1980s