Petit Hôtel Bourrienne

A rare example of the Consulaire style, this small hôtel particulier was built in 1789-98. It was occupied by Fortunée Hamelin, born (like her friend the Empress Josephine) in Martinique, and notorious for parading topless down the Champs-Elysées. A bedroom boudoir painted with tropical birds was her only decoration before the site was taken over by Louis Fauvelet de Bourrienne, Napoleon's private secretary. He had it decorated according to the latest fashion, making sure to keep his political options open (the dining room ceiling is painted with motifs favourable to monarchy and empire).


Venue name: Petit Hôtel Bourrienne
Address: 58 rue d'Hauteville

Opening hours: Guided visits 1-15 July, Sept noon-6pm daily. Rest of year by appointment Sat
Price: €7
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