Many Parisians dream of living in an old ‘Haussmanian’ building. The style is named after Baron Haussman who, under the orders of Napoleon III, redesigned Paris: widening avenues; rationalising streets and famously aligning the tall imposing Parisian façades .
Today the Haussman building is still found all over Paris. On the outside we recognise the rounded corners, the balconies, the horizontal lines that flow from one building to the next. The wide doors opening onto interior courtyards and porte cocheres, and the beautiful oval oeil de boeuf windows on the zinc rooftops.
Inside these buildings the ceilings are high, typically approaching 3 metres, with ornate plasterwork. The floors are beautiful old parquet, often herringbone pattern, and the central stairways lined with marble.
all photos with thanks to Cote Maison