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L’Hôpital des Enfants-Trouvés, Paris

L’Hôpital des Enfants-Trouvés, Paris

General plan of the ground floor of l’Hôpital des Enfants-Trouvés and surroundings, including references to the the nearby Cathedral of Paris (Notre Dame), as drawn in 1748 by the architect M. Boffrand.
Plan of the 1st floor of l’Hôpital des Enfants-Trouvés (2nd floor for American readers) and profile of the building.
Elevation views of l’Hôpital des Enfants-Trouvés. Front of the building as seen from the Rue nueve Notre Dame.

The early history of the hospital, as described by Arrault, its Director, in 1746, is available in French (click image to view the PDF file).

The design of the hospital is described in detail in Architecture Francoise, Volume 2, pages 101 to 105, by Jacques-Francois Balondel, 1752 (click image to view the PDF file).

After the Revolution, l’Hôpital des Enfants-Trouvés was replaced by the modern Hotel Dieu. Historical documents and artifacts related to l’Hôpital des Enfants-Trouvés can be found at the Musée de l’Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (shown below), at 47, quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris, France. See also Le Tour d’abandon.