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Passage Puteaux, Paris shortest covered passage

This page was updated on: Monday, August 19, 2019 at: 3:44 pm

Passage Puteaux, a short and lesser known covered passage

The Passage Puteaux was inaugurated in 1839 to connect no33 rue de l'Arcade to no28 rue Pasquier, a stone's throw from La Madeleine Church.

This 29m long passage is the shortest in Paris; the 1st half is covered with a two-slope glass roof and the 2nd section is in the open-air.

Louis Puteaux, a well-known contractor of the time, financed its construction on the site of the Benedictine priory of La Ville-l'Evêque.

Puteaux also contributed to the development of the Quartier des Batignolles in the northern part of the 17th district.

The affluent Quartier de la Madeleine was also in full development and attracted speculators.

Puteaux thus believed that the construction of the Gare de l'Ouest, the current Gare Saint-Lazare, between rue Tronchet and rue de l’Arcade would benefit his shopping arcade.

Indeed, a royal decree of October 16, 1837 initially authorised the construction of a new railway station on that spot.

The railway station was built in the early 1840s, however, farther north in the newly developed district Quartier de l’Europe, at a distance from the Passage Puteaux.

The expected traders and their constant flow of customers therefore never materialised.

The small shopping mall was thus a failed venture from the day of its inauguration and quickly fell into oblivion.

However, the Passage Puteaux is still there!

It has retained its old-fashioned charm and decoration such as the pilasters that support 6 well-preserved bays with their moldings and carved capitals.

The Passage Puteaux mainly serves as a shortcut between rue Pasquier and rue de l’Arcade; it's more of a secret passageway, away from the noisy and indifferent crowds.

Free access
Opening hours: Monday to Friday - 7am to 7pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Directions: 8th district - no33 Rue de l’Arcade - no28 Rue Pasquier
Metro: Saint-Augustin on Line 9
Coordinates: Lat 48.873115 - Long 2.323898

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