Since 2006, la Bellevilloise is a large space with cafes and terraces dedicated
to concerts, events, markets (books, producers), fairs (like the grand salon de l'art abordable - Affordable Art Fair).
Initially it was a worker co-operative funded in 1877 by mechanics. Their motto is sounding today quite modern:
“From the producer to the consumer”. Besides the selling of commodities at a reduced price (grocery, meat, coal, hardware), the cooperative was offering social and cultural activities; there was a café, a library, a solidarity fund, a popular
In 1892, the creation of a bakery at 23, rue Boyer was the starting point of its implementation in the street. Starting 1897, it bought all the plots between Nr 19 and 25 of the street, opened a deli,
a café at Nr 19. In 1910, the cooperative built the buildings that we see today between Nrs 19 and 21: the House of People. Its success was big and it was backed by almost ten thousand members in 1914.
To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, la Bellevilloise built the red brick building at n° 25, which shows their membership to the communist party in 1924 with the motto Science and Work and the hammer and sickle
on the entablature. Then, with the crisis in 1930s, it started to collapse. Each building was sold and hosting various activities like a factory
of bags and satchels, a school of dance, a pension fund … until 2000 when it was pried out of the hands of real estate agents to become this trendy and informal space.