Day 4/365 of Steel – Inauguration of L’Olympia

Inauguration of L’Olympia – 12th of april 1893.
In our daily search for people, buildings or objects that illustrate the history of steel in architecture, design or art, we return to Paris at the end of the 19th century.

The name Olympia immediately evokes the world of entertainment and music. Built in 1892 at 28, boulevard des Capucines, the Olympia Hall was inaugurated on 12 April 1893. Joseph Oller, creator of the PMU, the Nouveau Cirque and the Moulin Rouge, was in 1892 the promoter of a new concept of café-concert called “Music-Hall”, which combined a concert hall, an English pub and a billiard room in one place.

Fig 1: Olympia Hall – A concert venue in Paris
Photo: @Paul-Maurer

The architect, Léon Carle, used a steel frame for the construction of this building.
A world-famous temple of entertainment, the Olympia was demolished in 1997 and then rebuilt identically by Société Générale and SOGEPROM with the help of the Anthony-Emmanuel Bechu architectural firm and the Fernando Urquijo, Gino Valle, Giorgio Macola architectural firm.

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