Étienne Marcel acquired this building, anciently called "maison des piliers", on behalf of the town of Paris in 1357.
From that moment on that building became the municipal institution of Paris that before had been located in the "parloir aux Bourgeois", near the Chatelet area, and then transferred in the Sainte-Genevieve Mountain.
The old building that Étienne Marcel had bought was deeply renewed and replaced, during the XVI century, by a more modern one designed by the Italian architect Boccadoro.
Its construction started in 1533 and was completed in 1628.
Then, significant modifications have been made in 1836 and 1850 but the Renaissance facade was left untouched.

The building was reduced to ashes in a sudden fire in 1871.
The Hotel de Ville (town hall) was rebuilt between 1874 and 1882 by the architects Théodore Ballu and Edouard Deperthes.
The facade was recreated following faithfully the renaissance style of the first building.
The ballroom is 13 meters high and it is the most beautiful room of the building.
The Place de Grève, renamed place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville in honor of the building, has become a pedestrian area in 1982.
The Hotel de Ville is the place were the mayor of Paris receives is international guests and where important exhibitions are held every year.
The main monumental façade is decorated with statues representing personages that have made the history of France: Eugène Delacroix, Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, André Le Nôtre, Pierre Lescot, Jules Muchelet, François Miron, Alfred de Musset, Charles Perrault, Jean-Baptiste Pialle, Richelieu, Madame de Staël, Voltaire etc.etc.

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Place de l'Hotel de Ville
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Hotel de Ville

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