Paris 15th District
Paris 15th District is on the Rive Gauche and is commonly known as Arrondissement de Vaugirard.
The largest district in Paris, it includes:
Quartier de Grenelle, Quartier Necker, Quartier Saint-Lambert and Quartier de Javel.
Paris 15th District is a ‘new’ district.
It was indeed developed in the late 18th century in the vast sandy Plaine de Grenelle.
The plain remained deserted for centuries.
It consisted mostly of cultivated fields and lime quarries.
The wife of Jacques Necker, the Finance minister of King Louis XVI, founded the Hôpital Necker.
The hospital was built on semi deserted land that delineated the village of Vaugirard from Paris.
The Quartier Saint-Lambert replaces the ancient Vaugirard village.
It indeed developed around Saint-Lambert de Vaugirard Church.
The fiscal wall indeed triggered the appearance of small businesses and entertainment halls in the vicinity of the toll gate.
An avid speculation in the property market resulted in the development of the village of Beaugrenelle in the 1840s.
The urban transformations of Haussmann defined the layout of the remaining area.
The military fortifications erected by Thiers in the late 1840s were also pulled down and redeveloped in the early 20th century.
The first towers dedicated to office space appeared in the 1960s and a vast program of rehabilitation was initiated in the 1970s.
The Front de Seine, the Parc André-Citroën and Ponant cover an area of 100ha with vast public gardens, pedestrian zones and buildings.
These were planned with the comfort of people in mind and have entirely transformed the physiognomy of the area.
They have indeed turned Paris 15th District into a trendy, young, attractive and one of the most sought after districts of Paris.
Metro stations serving Paris 15th District
Line 10: Duroc, Ségur, La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle, Avenue Emile Zola, Charles Michels, Javel
Line 8: La Motte-Picquet Grenelle, Commerce, Félix Faure, Boucicaut, Lourmel, Porte de Balard
Line 6: Bir-Hakeim, Dupleix, La Motte-Picquet Grenelle, Cambronne, Sèvres-Lecourbe, Pasteur, Montparnasse-Bienvenüe
Line 12: Montparnasse-Bienvenüe, Falguière, Pasteur, Volontaires, Vaugirard, Convention, Porte de Versailles