Presentation on theme: "Genet Wagstaff LE MUSÉE D’ORSAY. Location Le Musée d’Orsay is located on the left bank of the Seine River in the 7 th arrondissement. The 7 th arrondissement."— Presentation transcript:
Location Le Musée d’Orsay is located on the left bank of the Seine River in the 7 th arrondissement. The 7 th arrondissement of Paris is mainly a tourism district however, it is a more expensive and prestigious district of Paris.
History The original site for the museum started out as le rue de Lille, a garden for Henry IV’s wife. After her death the land was sold in sections and became plots that held mansions and other buildings that embodied the aristocratic social system. The plot that would come to hold le Musée d’Orsay became Paris’s Court of Accounts and State Council building but was burned to the ground in 1871 during the upheaval known as the Paris Commune.
Le Gare d’Orsay Construction on the train station began in 1898 when Victor Laloux was selected to be the architect overseeing the project. Le Gare d’Orsay and the accompanying Hotel d’Orsay were inaugurated into the World Fair on July 14, 1900. However, as a train station le Gare d’Orsay quickly became outdated as trains became more modern and longer as well as electricity becoming more of a necessity than something to boast about having in a building.
Becoming Le Musée d’Orsay Le Gare d’Orsay was listed as a Historical Monument on March 8, 1973 after a hotel chain sought to tear down the train station in order to expand. The official decision that said the station would be transformed into a museum of modern art was made on October 20, 1977