Just metres away form the Moulin Rouge and the hustle and bustle of Pigalle is Avenue Frochot. Home to the city’s rich and famous, the private street was once home to some of Paris’ most celebrated artists.
No. 1: Is the haunted house of the avenue. A private mansion and the most picturesque building on the street. It was once home to the writer Ponson du Terrail, the creator of Rocambole. The building was later home to the celebrated French composer Victor Massé, who lived there until his passing in 1884.
Later, the building was bought by the owner of a local cabaret, the Folies Bergère. After leaving his fortune to his housekeeper the man was then found murdered. His murderer was never found and the housekeeper is said to haunt the mansion. The singer, Sylvie Vartan followed him, but she left in short order, furthering the haunted theory. Literary critic Matthieu Galey would then purchase the mansion.
No. 2 bis: The French playwright Eugène Brieux lived in this mansion from 1913 to 1932.
No. 4: A who’s who or artists lived here, including; French courtesan Apollonie Sabatier, poets Théophile Gautier and Charles Baudelaire and painters Joseph Ferdinand Boissard de Boisdenier and Henri Guérard. The filmmaker Jean Renoir, along with his bothers Claude and Pierre also lived in the building.#
No. 5: The novelist and playwright Paul Meurice lived here from 1865 onwards. His friend Victor Hugo stayed her with him following his return from exile in 1870.
No. 6: Once home to the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, it later became the home of patiner. Henri Guinier, who kept his studio in the building.
No. 7: The famed novelist Alexandre Dumas here lived here from 1847 to. 1852. Later, the conductor Charles Lamoureux lived here in the late 19th century.
No. 13: The French-Polish illustrator Paul Mewart, who died in the Martinique volcano eruption in 1902, lived here.
No. 14: Was the workshop of the painter Théodore Chassériau. Next to it was the workshop of Gustave Moreau and Charles-François Daubigny. The Belgian painter Alfred Stevens later lived there.
No. 16: Was once the home of the singer Patrick Hernandez
No. 28: The painter Jules Dupré had a workshop on this property in 1839.
Avenue Frochot is only merely metres away from Blanche metro station. For out guests, it is a five minute walk from our front door. Book with us now and you can discover Montmartre on your doorstep!