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Charles Garnier: Designs for the Paris Opera House Colouring Book
Charles Garnier: Designs for the Paris Opera House Colouring Book
Charles Garnier: Designs for the Paris Opera House Colouring Book
Charles Garnier: Designs for the Paris Opera House Colouring Book
Charles Garnier: Designs for the Paris Opera House Colouring Book
Charles Garnier: Designs for the Paris Opera House Colouring BookCharles Garnier: Designs for the Paris Opera House Colouring BookCharles Garnier: Designs for the Paris Opera House Colouring BookCharles Garnier: Designs for the Paris Opera House Colouring BookCharles Garnier: Designs for the Paris Opera House Colouring Book
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Charles Garnier: Designs for the Paris Opera House Colouring Book

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Casebound book with a special lay-flat binding and sturdy, flexible cover

108 pages with 50 images to color on high-quality paper

Size: 8½ x 11 in.

Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed.

Published with the Royal Institute of British Architects

ISBN 9780764979774
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Charles Garnier: Designs for the Paris Opera House Colouring Book
The opera house in Paris is one of the most famous auditoriums in the world. Designed in 1861 by Charles Garnier, a young, unknown architect, the opera house opened with a lavish gala in January 1875 after many setbacks, including a swampy building site that had to be pumped out continually during construction.

Part of the great reconstruction of Paris by Emperor Napoleon III of the Second Empire, the building is in the Neo-Baroque style. It is also classified as Beaux-Arts, and has been the inspiration for many other grand buildings. Built on a three-acre site, it boasts more than seventeen stories and seats an audience of 2,200. Marble friezes, columns, and statuary fill the auditorium, which itself occupies only a fifth of the space. The interior was designed to facilitate social interaction, with landings and alcoves along its stairways and corridors, perfect for conversation during intermission.

The building is said to be haunted because in 1896 a counterweight to the massive chandelier fell and killed a member of the audience. Gaston Leroux was inspired by this, as well as the subterranean lake, when he wrote the Phantom of the Opera.

The opulent ornamentation and monumental style make the opera house one of the architectural masterpieces of the period. Charles Garnier’s design was so beloved that the building came to be called Palais Garnier.

Images
  1. Main facade
  2. Grand Foyer and Salons Octogonaux: parquet flooring
  3. Side facade
  4. Grand Escalier d’Honneur
  5. Rear facade
  6. Detail of auditorium ceiling
  7. Longitudinal section
  8. Longitudinal sections: Galerie du Glacier; stage; women’s chorus room
  9. Auditorium: ceiling arch
  10. Detail of main facade
  11. Longitudinal section: Head of State Pavilion
  12. Cross section: loggia
  13. Mosaic floors: vestibule of water-closets (first floor); Galeries de Communications (first floor); auditorium corridor (ground floor); corridors of first loges (first floor); corridors of orchestra stalls (mezzanine)
  14. Detail of main facade: Grand Pediment of the Stage
  15. Mosaic floors: Galeries de Communication (ground floor); Galeries de Communication (mezzanine); Vestibule du Contrôle (ground floor)
  16. Cross section: Grand Foyer
  17. Foyer de la Danse: ceiling
  18. Cross section: Avant-Foyer
  19. Grand Escalier d’Honneur: perspective
  20. Cross section: Grand Escalier
  21. Loggia: detail of ceiling
  22. Cross section: auditorium
  23. Cross section: stage
  24. Cross section: Foyer de la Danse
  25. Salons Octogonaux: extremities of the Grand Foyer; fireplace
  26. Detail of main facade: crown of the avant-corps
  27. Detail of side facade: entrance to Head of State Pavilion
  28. Ceiling of fourth loges
  29. Exterior details: side gates and large rostral columns; cross sections seen from below the lanterns and above the lanterns
  30. Grand Escalier d’Honneur: lower
  31. Exterior details: plan and elevation of side fences; small rostral columns; detail of capstone; plan of rostral columns; details of iron doors; detail of base of rostral column; detail of balustrade
  32. Avant-Foyer: mosaic floors
  33. Exterior details: candlelabras
  34. Detail of rear facade
  35. Courtyard gate, rear facade
  36. Avant-Foyer: detail of the vault
  37. Library: projection of circular part; display cabinets of the central gallery
  38. Exterior details: central finial (rear facade); side finial (rear facade); central finial (main facade); grand bay of the rear facade
  39. Vestibules: plan and elevation of the circular vestibule; longitudinal section of the opera; plan indicating the projection of the vault; plan indicating the mosaic floor
  40. Vestibules: after the covered steps; ceilings; entrance wall
  41. Grand Vestibule: ground floor, public pedestrian entry; side panel and cross section; keystone; side view
  42. Grand Escalier d’Honneur: view from the Grand Vestibule d’Attente
  43. Vestibules: ticket offices
  44. Grand Escalier d’Honneur: upper
  45. Grand Escalier d’Honneur: details
  46. Avant-Foyer: plan and elevation of a door
  47. Galerie du Glacier
  48. Foyer de la Danse: elevation and plan; detail of window and painting
  49. Foyer du Chant: section, fireplace; fireplace wall; section, door; bay woodworking; corridor wall; back wall
  50. Costume shop: details of armoires; conduits for gas, heating, ventilation pipes, etc.