An historical private mansion
From 1720 to 1730, Antoine Mazin, architect for Louis XV, has built in Paris three prestigious private mansions: the hôtel de Charost which has been the official residence of the Ambassador of the United Kingdom since 1814, the hôtel Matignon which has been the official residence of the Prime Minister of France since 1935 and his own private mansion located at 8 rue d’Anjou.
Above the carriage entrance, the mascaron ornament portrays the God of shepherds. It is framed by two graceful lanterns. The exquisite historical courtyard offers a series of other distinctive mascaron ornaments. Remarkably beautiful, the private mansion is the only 18th century private mansion located in the area which has survived the renovation of Paris in the 19th century by the baron Hausmann.
Other celebrities have lived in the mansion overtime: the famous physiologist François Magendi, the King of France Charles X used its stables, the comtesse d’Aguesseau, the Minister-Resident of Toscany M. Matteucci, the Ambassador of Toscany M. Pistoi, the marquis de La Fayette from 1827 until his death on May 20th, 1834 and more recently the playwright Sacha Guitry.