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The Passage du Prado in Paris

The Passage du Prado is unlike any other arcade in Paris. It’s not perfect, not museumified and it’s not trying to recreate the ambience of another century. It’s grungy, a little run-down and filled with restaurants and shops.
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A Vintage Grammont Telephone in L’imprévu Cafe in Paris

Fittingly, in the back of Café L'Imprévu (French for, the Unforeseen) at the corner of Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle and Rue d'Hauteville is a vintage Grammont public telephone. Further research unveils a hidden connection between America and France during the roaring 20s.
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Berthier’s Door: Found in Paris

BldgBlog recently posted about a door to nowhere in Paris, installed four years ago in the 3rd arrondisement. Complete with fake address, facade, faux business sign and a Parisian-style door with a central doorknob (now missing), it still exists today.
Paris floods 1910 near Opera
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The Flood of 1910 in Paris (La Crue de La Seine de 1910)

Ten minutes outside the Peripherique lies the oft-forgotten industrial underbelly of Paris: the Seine-Amont. The architecture of the region is a juxtaposition of 19th century industrial infrastructure with 20th century modernity, with a sharp contrast between traditional residential homes and public housing projects.
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Inside Reid Hall, Columbia University’s Campus in Paris

Occasionally, while walking in Paris one gets a glimpse of the courtyards that lie behind the uniform facades and intimidating doors that define the streets of the city. Reid Hall, located just by the Luxembourg Gardens, is an example of a private courtyard with a mixed industrial and aristocratic history. And, because it's a school - you can visit!
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Photos of La Defénse at Night in Paris

Before I went to visit La Defénse, it remained in my mind’s eye as a looming, monumental structure–an abstract, geometric form with no relationship with its external surroundings apart from its linear correlation with the Arc de Triomphe. I was inspired to take a trip there after seeing the photography of Ryan Southen. In a rarely seen perspective, Ryan captures the monumentality of the Grand Arch from below.
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