In Paris: a heritage consultancy group organises historical guided tours
A heritage consultancy company, Architecture de Collection, shows off its real estate expertise by organising guided tours in several Parisian neighbourhoods.
The French capital is the world’s premier tourist destination, with 32.3 million tourists in 2013 (Source: LeFigaro). As well as visiting the iconic monuments and museums, simply walking about the place is a must-do for tourists’ visiting Paris.
The heritage consultancy agency, Architecture de Collection, has altered its business slightly and now invites tourists to discover the city from a different point of view, with architectural tours arranged by district. Two art historians, Delphine Albouker and Hélène Sardou, run the tours and explain the history of the most remarkable buildings and houses from the 20th and 21st century. There are ten tour routes available on the website: modern architecture of Boulogne-Billancourt and the flat and workshop of Le Corbusier, (workshop in the 18th arrondissement), the contemporary architecture of ZAC Seine Left Bank in the 13th arrondissement, etc. Each visit lasts half a day and costs €15 per person. People sign up by telephone or email. The visits take place on Saturdays between 10h15 and 13h. Thanks to these architectural tours, visitors discover some of the city’s essential cultural and artistic personalities, like Georges Braque, Mallet-Stevens, Auguste Perret and Christian de Portzamparc.
The company’s Facebook page, which features tour dates, has nearly 500 fans. The idea seems to appeal to architecture professionals. Blogger, Fabrice Leray, author of Casabarata, recommends the visit. The tours also feature on the list of Parisian walks available on the website Le Pavillon de l’Arsenal, which is a partner of Architecture de Collection.
Practical information: Architecture de collection, 21 rue Greneta 75002 Paris, 01.53.00.97.44 / firstname.lastname@example.org