The Hungry Salamander

This unusual motif of a salamander eating a stalk of corn is found at 151 Rue de Grenelle. The art nouveau double door is part of pair, each with a salamander. The building was the first major work by architect Jules Lavirotte, in1898. The façade, influenced by the French Rococo style, offers only hints of the theatrical displays for which Lavirotte was to become known. He designed at least nine buildings still standing in the 7th arrondissement.


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