The art nouveau architect Hector Guimard is well known for his Paris Métro entrance design. He designed two types of entrances to Métro stations, with and without glass roofs, known as édicules (kiosks) that feature a fan-shaped glass awning. Today only two édicules survive, at Porte Dauphine and Abbesses. A third, replica édicule was erected at Châtelet in 2000.
Guimard Métro Entrances with Glass Roofs
The Porte Dauphine station exhibits Hector Guimard’s only surviving enclosed édicule of the Paris Métro.
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Metro entrance: Hector Guimard – Picture taken June 2004 by Peter Clericuzio, using a Fuji FinePix S5000 digital camera., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18523437
The Abbesses station exhibits Hector Guimard’s only surviving open édicule of the Paris Métro.
Replica édicule at Châtelet
The Châtelet station exhibits the only replica of Guimard’s édicule of the Paris Métro.
Guimard Métro Entrances without Glass Roofs
The simpler type of entrance without glass roofs is framed by a “Métropolitain” sign held between two ornate, sinuously curved lampposts that are strikingly designed in the form of plant stems, in which the orange lamp is enclosed by a leaf (resembling a brin de muguet, or sprig of lily of the valley).
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The Nation station has a large entrance with candelabras.
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Guimard Métro Entrances Overseas
Van Buren Street Metra Station
A replica of a Hector Guimard-designed, Art Nouveau-style Paris Métro entrance was given to Van Buren Street Metra station in Chicago as a gift by the city of Paris in 2001.
An ornate entrance to Picoas station in Lisbon, modeled after Paris Metro station entrances, was given as a gift by the city of Paris in 1995.
The only original Guimard édicule (of the Étoile station) installed in another city was offered at the Montréal Métro Square-Victoria-OACI orange line station in 1967.
A Return Gift at Saint-Lazarre Paris
But it’s all worthwhile; RATP receives back a gift installed in the Saint-Lazare station, Voie Lactées, a mouth that symbolizes the voice speaking French, the kind of sensual gift you would receive only from a French person.
While you’re in Paris, don’t miss the opportunity to check out the only surviving Guimard style Métro entrances with glass roofs, especially the Porte Dauphine station with the only enclosed édicule, the Abbesses station with the only open édicule, and the Châtelet station with the only replica édicule, and don’t forget to visit the Saint-Lazare station.