Short description

The current Potocki mansion is on the site of a hotel built in 1857. It entered the polish Potocky family in 1867 after being acquired by Count Gregory Potocki.
Count Felix-Nicolas Potocki (1845-1921), married in 1870 an Italian aristocrat, Princess Emmanuela Pignatelli (1852-1930).
In 1879 and 1882, they enlarged their Parisian property and undertook transformations of the hotel by the architect Jules Reboul. He rebuilt the entire façade on the avenue and completely restructured the building.
The outbuildings, located nearby at 16 rue Chateaubriand, were famous, especially the stables with mahogany stalls for thirty-eight horses and pink marble troughs. The sheds could hold up to fifty carriages.
After the death of Count Potocki on June 3, 1921, the hotel was sold in May 1923 to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris, which has owned it since that date.
Remarkable elements of the Potocki Hotel have been registered or classified as historical monuments since March 14, 1991. Unfortunately, they cannot be visited, except for the portal which can be seen from the street. This portal is a creation of the goldsmith Christofle.

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Open hours

Opening: Private visits are not allowed.

Conference visit of the Potocki Hotel
During the "non-covid" period, conference visits are organized by the Monuments Nationaux about once or twice a month, on Saturdays and/or Sundays. See https://www.monuments-nationaux.fr/Actualites/Visite-conference-de-l-Hotel-Potocki for the calendar of these visits.

Rooms available for private events (up to 900 people).

Access

Hôtel Potocki - Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris
27 avenue de Friedland
75008 PARIS

  • Métro : lines 1, 2 et 6 (Station Charles de Gaulle)
  • RER : line A (Station Charles de Gaulle)
  • Bus : lines 22, 52
  • Parking : Etoile Friedland
Address

Potocki Hotel - Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris
27 avenue de Friedland
75008 PARIS

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ', ") 48° 52′ 21″ N 2° 18′ 05 2″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.87443 2.30131
Reservation

Reservations for guided tours can be made on the Fnac website

Full description

The Potocki Hotel is a private mansion near the Arc-de-Triomphe de l'Etoile and the Champs Elysées. It was first a more modest hotel built in 1857. Acquired by the polish Potocki family in 1867, enlarged in 1879 and 1882, it now houses the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris- Ile de France. Architectes : Jules Reboul.

History of the Potocki Hotel

The Potocki mansion, built in 1857 by Jean-Louis Renaud, architect for the Paris to Orleans Railway Company, was acquired in 1867 by Count Gregory Potocki, the natural son of Count Micieslas François Joseph Potocki (one of the main families of the Polish nobility). Count Gregoire Potocki died on April 16, 1871 in Saint-Cloud as a result of a wound caused by the shrapnel of a German shell that fell in the courtyard of his hotel during the Siege of Paris.

Expansion of the Potocki Hotel by Count Felix-Nicolas Potocki

On November 26, 1878, the hotel reverted to his legitimate son, Count Felix-Nicolas Potocki (1845-1921), who in 1870 married an Italian aristocrat, Princess Emmanuela Pignatelli (1852-1930).

In 1879 and 1882, they enlarged their Parisian property and undertook transformations of the hotel by the architect Jules Reboul. He rebuilt the entire façade on the avenue and completely restructured the building. It is one of the most remarkable example of the style inspired by French classical architecture.
The outbuildings, located nearby at 16 rue Chateaubriand, were famous, especially the stables with mahogany stalls for thirty-eight horses and pink marble troughs. The sheds could hold up to fifty carriages. The first pikeman had under his orders about fifty grooms.

The miserable end of the Countess Potocka

Count Felix-Nicolas Potocki and the Countess separated in 1887. The Countess Potocka moved to Auteuil. She died alone and in poverty in 1930.

The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry

After the death of Count Potocki on June 3, 1921, the hotel was sold in May 1923 to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris, which has owned it since that date.

Remarkable elements of the Potocki Hotel

  • The large monumental bronze door, created by the goldsmith Christofle
  • Just behind this door, the grand staircase
  • Above the staircase, a series of 6 Flemish tapestries made around 1660 in Brussels, which tell the story of a 15th century lord of Sicily.
  • The large reception room of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris, in the art deco style signed by Ruhlmann, inaugurated in December 1927 in the presence of the President of the Republic Gaston Doumergue;
  • The office of the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris is the former bedroom of Princess Potocka
  • Vase of Sèvres by Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, replica of one of the seven vases created by the decorator for the reception areas of the First Classes on the liner Île-de-France (1927) ;
  • Tapestry by Jean Picart Le Doux (The City of Paris), in the center of the meeting room.

Some elements of the hotel have been registered or classified as historical monuments since March 14, 1991.

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