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- The Hotel de Ville of Paris, which was improved and expanded from the 18th century onward, had reached completion as a Neo-Renaissance style structure by 1870, but was destroyed by fire in the disturbances of the Paris Commune of 1871. This work by Marius Vachon (1850-1928) describes the process of reconstruction of the building by French architects Theodore Ballu (1817-1885) and Pierre-Joseph-Edouard Deperthes in 1882 and is accompanied by a rich variety of illustrations and detailed descriptions of the decorative art, internal structure and history of the new building, the construction of which mobilized large numbers of artists and sculptors.
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