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17/12/2009

Hector Guimard's Art Nouveau, Métropolitain (Métro), Paris, France


The Métro's original French Art Nouveau entrances are iconic symbols of Paris, and 83 survive. Designed by Hector Guimard in a style that caused some surprise and controversy in 1900, there are two main variants:
The most elaborate feature glass canopies (3 still exist).
The rest have a cast-iron balustrade decorated in plant-like motifs, accompanied by a "Métropolitain" sign supported by two orange globes atop ornate cast-iron supports in the form of plant stems (as per photo in this post).

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