The hotel Gaillard is located Place du General-Catroux, in the 17th arrondissement of the capital. This mansion was built between 1878 and 1882 on behalf of Emile Gaillard (1821-1902), banker, representative at Paris of the bank founded in Grenoble by his grandfather.
Alongside his financial activities (investments in the railways), Émile Gaillard is passionate about music (he was a pupil of Chopin) and collector of art. He acquired many works from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
His residence became too small to house his collections, he asked the architect Jules Jules in 1878 to build a mansion on the Plaine Monceau.
The architect is inspired by some castles of the Loire (Blois, Gien), in a style of the French Renaissance. Some experts believe that this is an example of neogothic style. The plans are designed to highlight the works acquired by Émile Gaillard.
At his death, the collections are scattered and the mansion becomes a few years later a branch of the Bank of France. Work is then done, including the development of a large hall in 1921.
The Gaillard hotel was listed as a Historic Monument in 1999.
In the course of the year 2019, the places should welcome after new works the City of the economy and the currency (Citéco), a museographic and cultural space dedicated to the economy and the history of the currency.
For now, however, the hotel Gaillard can not be visited, but it can be included in the program of a guided tour of this district of Paris. Information on +33 1 49 52 42 63.