Going back even further in time, this part of the 8th district contained the largest number of mansions and prestigious houses, such as the Hôtel de Choiseul constructed in the 18th century, the Hôtel de Marigny, Hôtel de Montbazon and the famous “Folie Beaujon”, built shortly before the French Revolution. a series of pavilions and plots where, amongst others, the famous Chartreuse was erected, with a chapel and home for orphans. The uniqueness of this location called for due tribute to the neighborhood’s historic and artistic heritage.
For 400 years, the 8th district has been the meeting-point of art and architecture. The large number of mansions, gardens and private courtyards has drawn many connoisseurs and patrons whose bequests are displayed in the many Parisian museums, libraries and institutes. The Pagoda on Rue de Courcelles and the Saint Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Rue Daru are some of the numerous testimonies to the neighborhood’s cultural vibrancy that attracted Zola, Monet, Maupassant, Chopin, Proust and Baudelaire among others. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the great architects and designers mingled with the sculptors, painters and craftsmen who could be found at the Fonderie du Roule and the Villa Wagram Saint-Honoré.
Each period has left its mark: neo-Louis XV buildings with their decorative stonework, the originality and creative extravagance of the 30s , the glass-fronted edifices of the 60s ... A knowing eye will descry those aesthetic footprints everywhere: art galleries, buildings whose appearance attests to an intense artistic life, Parc Monceau’s gilded gates evoking craftsmanship, inner courtyards, covered arcades, carriage entrances, etc. At the hotel’s location near Rue de Lisbonne where Jacques Emile Ruhlman studio’s coordinated the talents of over a hundred artists, the architects wished to pay tribute to the Art Deco period that left its mark all over Europe and America.
The presence and impact of the great architects, collectors, designers and artists in the 8th district - such as Jules Leleu, Armand Albert Rateau and Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, guided the aesthetic choices for creating the Hôtel du Collectionneur using as theme the great transatlantic liners of the 30s . By attracting recognised talents in modern architecture and design, the Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris follows sure-footedly the lead of the great Parisian mansions and makes its own contribution to the neighborhood’s architectural history.