Post by Deleted on Feb 19, 2009 17:35:17 GMT
I had to hijack an old post of no interest to start this thread in the right chronological order or else it would be the last one on the thread at the date of 18 August 2019. I am lifting a number of posts out of the 'Has Paris Changed?' thread to show how things have been going.
La Samaritaine, the largest department store in Paris, was such an institution that people still talk about it all the time -- and yet it closed for suspicious reasons almost overnight (actually with just 48 hours warning) in 2005. It was announced that the buildings were not structurally sound, even though they have an iron skeleton like the Eiffel Tower. Most of us think it closed because it was old fashioned and was situated at just about the very best commercial location in Paris. It's true that it was in decline -- but so were the other historical department stores at the time. The luxury group LVMH snapped up the piece of real estate, and the buildings sat empty for the next several years with blank depressing show windows.
After a few years, they put up a decorated construction façade to prove that there were plans, sooner or later... And it sat that way for a few more years.
I have to admit that they kept the building clean and never permitted it to be covered with posters or graffiti.
Part of the grandeur of the main building remained visible.
And we waited and waited and waited.
The buildings facing the rue de Rivoli were supposed to be torn down -- all of these buildings, which had been joined together over the years.