In his book “the Parisian pedestrian” published in 1939, Leon-Paul Fargue described several districts of Paris, among which Place
At his time, the Place des Vosges was essentially inhabited by common people, far from which it is today, mostly inhabited by rich politicians and celebrities and crowded during sunny days. Although mostly occupied by common people, it was
a quiet square and its harmonious pink mansions had kept all the elegant nobility of its origin.
Even before its creation by King Henry IV, the location had a royal dimension; it is standing where there were the gardens of the Hôtel des Tournelles,
which was a royal residence. King Henri II died there after been severely wounded by Montgomery during a tournament. His wife, Catherine de Medici decided to demolish the baneful building. The widow of King Henri IV inaugurated it as the “Place Royale”in
1612. Immediately, it became the place where to be, where to live in order to be part of the elegant Parisian caste. Since its inauguration, the square was inhabited by wealthy aristocrats until the French Revolution.
After the French Revolution, like
in the whole district of le Marais, the mansions were divided into small rented apartments and were occupied by craftsmen. Starting 1970, they were renovated after André Malraux, Minister of Culture passed an important law to protect areas of great
historical importance like le Marais and Place des Vosges.