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In 1893, two cousins, Thιophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn decided to open a novelty store at the corner of Lafayette and Chausιe d’Antin in the active shopping district near the Opera, which recently opened the Saint-Lazare train station fed by a continuous flow of travellers from, Paris’s suburbs and the Provinces

In 1906, Thιophile Bader commissioned the Roman award-winning architect Georges Chedanne and later his student Ferdinand Chanut to design the new layout of the Haussmann store.

In October 1912, the new store was inaugurated & was a major event. The store’s 5 floors, balconies and glass dome were advertised all over Paris, the provinces and even globally as pure refinement. Inspired by a neo-Byzantine style, the 33-meter high glass dome comprises of 10 painted windows encapsulated in rich metallic frames and decorated in a sculpted floral motif.

In 1996, Galeries Lafayette celebrated their 100th anniversary. The new store of Galeries Lafayette in Paris however completes 100 years in its present form this year.


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