Historic Houses of Paris: Residences of the Ambassadors Hardcover – 4 Oct 2010
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About the Author
Alain Stella is a traveler and writer. He has published numerous books with Flammarion including The Book of Coffee (1997), The Book of Tea (1992/2005), The Little Book of Coffee (2001), French Tea: Mariage Freres--Three Centuries of Savoir-Faire (2009), Distinctive Vintages (2008), and The Book of Spices (2000). Francis Hammond's photographs have been published in French Tea: Mariage Freres and Elegant Entertaining (2009). He regularly works in the fashion and advertising industries, contributes to international magazines, and divides his time between New York and Paris.
Top customer reviews
Exellent captions and interesting text-informative and historically accurate
Everything looking fresh (for the period) and with humanising detail: loose flowers, lovely food, menu cards, liveried staff setting up for receptions & dinners.....as if in anticipation of a guest in a few minutes
Obviously overwhelmingly classic French but with some overlays of the art and artifacts of a particular Embassy's country. The Egyptian Revival and Art Deco rooms and facades are rare and wonderful
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James McKinney in Wichita, Kansas
It was well packaged and protected. The book itself is
really oversized and heavy. That is already one star.
The four stars come from the presentation and contents
of the book. For the first time, the beautiful Hôtels
(Stately Houses) of Paris occupied by the different
Embassies are presented in colour. The rich interiours
and the objet d'arts are captured in clear vivid photographs.
However, I am disappointed that the hideous modern Embassy
of Australia was included in this book. In my opinion, it
has no place on this work because of contemporary designs.
Several residences are worth including in Historic Houses
but definitely not that of Commonwealth of Australia. It
is not even historic built only in 1972.Hence I have to
remove one star.
Historic Houses of Paris is another jewel in my collection
of Coffee Table Books. Prospective buyers would not regret
they purchase it. Not to mention, the super service of
During my first visit in the City of Lights, I saw an eye
sore edifice amidst the serene beatiful buildings of Paris:
I only realized when I read this book that it was the Australian
Embassy. I wonder why the French Government allowed such hideous
building to be built?
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