Hôtel du Poët

Hôtel du Poët
General information
Type Hôtel particulier
Address Cours Mirabeau
Town or city Aix-en-Provence
Country France
Completed 1730
Client Henri Gautier
Design and construction
Architect Georges Vallon

The Hôtel du Poët is a listed hôtel particulier in Aix-en-Provence.


It is located on the Place Forbin at the top of the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence.[1][2][3][4]


In 1730, Henri Gautier (1676-1757) purchased some land at the top of the Cours Mirabeau, where there was an old watermill.[1][2][3][5][6] He commissioned architect Georges Vallon (1688-1767) to design a hôtel particulier: the Hôtel du Poët.[1][2][3][6] Later, it was home to a chemist and a printing press.[5]

It is an example of baroque architecture.[3] The facade has mascarons.[7] Inside, the main staircase has columns, and Louis XVI handrails with the Poët escutcheons.[1]

Heritage significance

It has been listed as a "monument historique" since November 3, 1987.[8]


Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hôtel du Poët (Aix-en-Provence).
  1. 1 2 3 4 Aix-en-Provence Tourism: Hôtels particuliers à Aix en Provence
  2. 1 2 3 Aix-en-Provence Tourism: Cours Mirabeau
  3. 1 2 3 4 Culture 13: Hôtel du Poet
  4. Fernand Chabaud, Aix-en-Provence: guide du touriste, F. Detaille, 1946, p. 11
  5. 1 2 Ambroise Roux-Alphéran, Les rues d'Aix: ou, Recherches historiques sur l'ancienne capitale de la Provence, Aubin, 1848, Volume 2, pp. 169-172
  6. 1 2 Jean Boyer, Architecture et urbanisme à Aix-en-Provence aux XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles: du cours à carrosses au cours Mirabeau, Ville d'Aix-en-Provence, 2004, p. 87-88
  7. Dominique Auzias, Aix-en-Provence, Le Petit Futé, 2008, p. 144
  8. French Ministry of Culture

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