Rue La Boétie

Rue La Boétie

Rue La Boétie
Arrondissement 8th
Quarter Champs-Élysées. Faubourg du Roule.
From rue d'Astorg
To Champs-Élysées
Completion 29 November 1777
Denomination 2 March 1864

The rue La Boétie is a street in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, running from rue d'Astorg to avenue des Champs-Élysées. It is named in honour of Étienne de La Boétie (1530–1563), friend of moralist Michel de Montaigne.


From 1640, the space today found between the streets of the Colosseum and Berri, avenue des Champs-Élysées and the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré was occupied by the Royal nursery. This provided all the trees, shrubs and flowers for the Royal residences. Decommissioned under the Régence to make way for a subdivision planned by John Law, the plan was eventually dropped.

In 1755 the land became te property of the Louis Phélypeaux, comte de Saint-Florentin, who was then Secretary of State of the Maison du Roi, who ceded it in 1764 to his mistress, Marie-Madeleine de Cusacque the Countess of Langeac (1725–1778). She then sold it in 1772 to the Comte d'Artois, who later became Charles X of France, Louis XVI's younger brother.

Planning approval via Letters Patent was given on 29 November 1777, that allowed the Prince to break into the field from rue d'Angoulême with a width of 30 feet (9.1 m), and to name it in honor of his eldest son Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême (1775–1844). New letters patent of 4 April 1778 approved the opening of the streets of Ponthieu, Neuve-de-Berri (current rue de Berri), new-de-Poitiers (current rue d'Artois) and Angoulême-Saint-Honoré. An alignment report was drawn up by the office of the City of Paris on 24 November 1778, allowing a ministerial decision to be taken on 27 December 1803 width set the width of the street to 10 metres (33 ft).

During the French Revolution and until 1815, the street bore the name rue de l'Union (Union Street). It then resumed its original name until 1830, when it became rue de la Charte (Street of the Charter). It then udertook a quick succession of names, becoming rue Lapeyrouse, rue d'Angoulême à nouveau (1852), rue de Morny (1863), rue de la Commune (1871), rue Mac-Mahon and finally rue Pierre-Charron in 1871. The area between the place Saint-Augustin and the place Chand-Goyon was called rue de la Pépinière until 1868, and then rue Abattucci.

The street took its current name in 1879, throughout its length, in honour of Étienne de La Boétie (1530–1563), friend moralist of Michel de Montaigne.

Notable buildings

Number Current usage History Image
3 Offices, including a branch of HSBC bank Home of couturier Charles Frederick Worth.[1]
8 Confectioner Latinville. Remembered in the memoirs of Céleste Albaret, the housekeeper of Marcel Proust, and in Nana by Émile Zola.
9 Home of Anglo-American writer Henry James.
21 Art gallery of Georges Wildenstein, and later Paul Rosenberg (1881–1959).[2] The building was requisitioned by the Nazis during the Occupation of France and was home to the Institut d'étude des questions juives IEQJ (Institute for the study of the Jewish question), a French sub-office of Joseph Goebbels' Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.
23 Home and workshop of artist Pablo Picasso, from 1918 to 1940. Rented for him and paid for by Paul Rosenberg.
26 Home of Jacques Chabannes (1900–1994) from 1951 to 1993.
27 Home of the brothers Émile and Vincent Isola, directors of the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Lyrique.
28 Bulgarian cultural space, inaugurated on 7 October 2004. Includes a plaque commemorating Christo Botev.[3]
33 Marcel Bernheim Gallery
34 Private
41 Home of writer Eugène Sue.
42 Local office of Jones Lang LaSalle
4547 Salle Gaveau, a 1020-seat concert hall built in 1905–06 by the architect Jacques Hermant, for the piano manufacturer Gaveau
48 National Federation of Credit Agricole
51 La Poste - main post office for the 8th district
5456 Corporate headquarters of Sanofi S.A.[4] Former office of Alcatel-Lucent S.A.[5]
55 Pépinière La Boétie[6] Former headquarters of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), 2002 to 2011.[7]
57 Wildenstein Institute Built in 1776 by architect Charles De Wailly for himself. Purchased in 1905 by Nathan Wildenstein (1852–1934), who had it revised by architect Walter-André Destailleur. Home to the Wildenstein Institute since 2011.[8]
58 Paris branch office of the Central Intelligence Agency, 1948 to 2003.[9]
59 Gallery Denise Valtat
66 Home of Émile Fabre (1869–1955).
88 Saint-Philippe-du-Roule Court
101 Baroche Café Brasserie[10]
103 Home of Lucien Napoleon Bonaparte-Wyse (1844–1909), who died in this building. Later home of Eugène Lefèvre-Pontalis.
1068 Offices[11] Former location of the Central téléphonique Elysées.
109 Complex of banks and shops built in 1929–31 by architect André Arfvidson for the National City Bank of America Built in 1777–78 by architect Jean-Baptiste Le Boursier as the Hôtel Thiroux de Montsauge for financier Thiroux de Montsauge. Renamed the Hôtel de Massa. Moved stone-by-stone in 1928 and reassembled at No. 38, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Jacques.
122 Former home of Sadi Carnot (1837–1894), who lived here from 1882 before becoming President of the French Republic in 1887. Later home to composer Alfred Bruneau (1857–1934) from 1910.


Coordinates: 48°52′24″N 2°18′44″E / 48.8732°N 2.3123°E / 48.8732; 2.3123

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