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City of Light and Iron: Building Modern Paris


Thu Feb 13, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
60 mins


North York Central Library

Paris became the archetype of a cultivated city through a massive nineteenth-century modernization led by municipal official Georges-Eugène Haussmann. With authoritarian zeal, Haussmann reshaped mediaeval streets into grand boulevards and the Seine into the river as we see it today. These transformations unfolded in dialogue with major advances in art, fashion, industry, and social thought, and propelled the French capital to new extremes of efficiency and elegance as well as economic segregation. Joseph L. Clarke, architect is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto. Please call (416) 395-5639 to register for this free program.




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