The hotel's classical façade was built in 1658 by Daniel Gittard, the chief architect of Louis XIV. This revenue house and private mansion has some of the special architectural features of the period : uncommon oval friezes on either side of the pediment of the façade overlooking the garden, the sobriety and strength of the window frames, the great clarity and intelligibility of the whole... Gittard made stylistic experiments to invent a French style in opposition to the Baroque Italian style in vogue in the 17th century.
In 1666, Pierre Abraham, Lord Charange – advisor and Official Majordomo to King Louis XIV and the tenant of the 1st floor of the mansion – commissioned a painting to decorate the ceiling. The resulting work was over 40m2 long and showed an allegory of Virtue crowning Good Fortune under the eyes of Intelligence. Framed by arches decorated with floral motifs, this unique fresco is attributed to the Versailles School.
In the early 1980s, Esprit de France bought the Hôtel des Saints Pères and carried out renovation work. The fresco was then rediscovered, in perfect condition, behind a dropped ceiling where it had been hidden all through the 20th century. A wonderful discovery!
Despite the bustle of the street, here you will find an intimate atmosphere. The patio brings a source of natural light to most of the hotel rooms. This is probably why the hotel has always welcomed such great artistic figures as the painter Francis Bacon, whom Jean Dubuffet visited regularly, many writers like Hervé Bazin, who was visiting his publishers Grasset, renowned pianists before their Parisian concerts, such as Alfred Brendel, the fashion designer Tom Ford and Juliette Greco, a legendary figure of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
This building with its rich history became a hotel at the end of the First World War. So in just a few years’ time the Hôtel des Saint Pères will be celebrating its centenary as a hotel.