Hôtel Lambert in 2012 before the fire
Among the private mansion houses built in that time, hotel Lambert was one of the finest. It was built in 1644 for a rich man, Jean-Baptiste Lambert, minister of Finance under King Louis XIII. The greatest artists of that
time, the architect Le Vau and the interior designers Le Sueur and Lebrun were called upon its construction.
Extensive rehabilitation work undertaken by its last owner, the emir’s brother of Qatar were discussed
at length in our local newspapers, but emotion in this debate really peaked when a fire in July 2013 seriously damaged a part of the mansion, especially the cabinet des Bains designed by Eustache Le Sueur. It has been said that this room was Voltaire’s
private apartment when his mistress, the marquise du Châtelet bought the hotel.