One of the most famous and “nicest” buildings designed by Hector Guimard is the Castel Béranger at 14 rue La Fontaine. It’s a beautiful example of Art Nouveau style. One of my favorite things while living in the 16th arrondissement of Paris was to take architectural visits of the quartier, as I discovered that Hector Guimard, an architect famous for his Art Nouveau creations, including one of the different metro entrances in Paris, designed many buildings in the area.
One of the most famous and “craziest” buildings designed by him is the Castel Béranger at 14 rue La Fontaine. It’s a beautiful example of Art Nouveau style from Guimard and you can find all of his favorite architectural themes: bow-window, loggia, balcony, and ironwork.
This building received an award during the first concours de façades de la ville de Paris in 1898, but this nomination was very criticized at that time as people said that the building was very weird and had a connection with the devil. That’s why this building received the nickname Castel Dérangé! Popular opinion aside, this is a very nice building to see while you’re in Paris and it’s worth some snapshots!
You can also stop for a coffee in the lovely Café Antoine, a nice bistro that preserve its original Art Nouveau decoration from 1911. When you go inside it’s like you’re going back in time!