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|Location||Paris, France map|
|Date||1890 (circa) timeline|
|Building Type||multi-familty housing, apartment building|
|Construction System||bearing masonry, brick, cast iron|
|Notes||Graceful asymmetrical wrought iron entry gate, precedent to work of contemporary American blacksmith Albert Paley.|
|Discussion||Castel Beranger Commentary
"Never entirely resolved as a total composition, the Castel Béranger is nonetheless an important transitional work in Guimard's career. The stem and branch-like character of both the interior furnishing and the exterior ironwork stand in a curious and brittle contrast to the articulate, architectonic but disjunctive elements that make up the cumbersome mass of the building's exterior. With 36 apartments, each different from the next, the Castel Béranger is a curious compound of rational planning and non-rational intent and expression. Guimard was to exploit its competition as an occasion for promoting le style Guimard. To this end he staged an exhibition of the building and its contents in the Salon du Figaro in 1899, while simultaneously publishing a book of the work under the title, L'Art dans l'habitation moderne. Le Castel Béranger. More acerbic than his flamboyant country houses of the turn of the century and located in the fashionable, fast-growing suburb of Auteuil, the Castel Béranger gave Guimard a prime opportunity with which to demonstrate the synthetic subtleties of his style, in which urban and rustic references could be judiciously mixed together."
from Kenneth Frampton and Yukio Futagawa. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. p70.
Number 14 Rue La Fontaine
Sources on Castel Beranger
Kenneth Frampton. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. ISBN 0-8478-0506-9. LC 83-61363. NA642.F7 1983. ground floor plan, p70. Available at Amazon.com
John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. entry photo, p223. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com
Maurice Rheims. Hector Guimard. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1988. ISBN 0-8109-0973-1. LC 86-32232. NA1053.G8F4713 1987. Exterior photo of main facade, p34. Interior photo of vestibule and staircase. elevation drawing facing la rue lafontaine, p37.
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