Key dates – Season 2

From the end of the war to the construction of the ring-road, a review of the key dates for the second phase of construction on the Cité, the period of revival.

by Lucille Testard de Marans

  • 1946: withdrawal of the American troops (two years after the end of the German Occupation), progressive return of students to the residences and resumption of the day-to-day life of the Cité.


  • 1948: appointment of Raoul DAUTRY, the former Minister for Reconstruction and Town Planning, as President of the Fondation nationale.  He succeeded André HONNORAT.




  • 1959 : inauguration of the Maison du Brésil, created by Lucio COSTA and LE CORBUSIER, two major figures in the Modern Movement in architecture.


  • 1959 : construction of the ring-road motorway, which sounded the death-knell for further extension of the Cité, sliced off land designated for building and cut it into two parts.


  • 1969 : inauguration of the Maison de l’Iran, constructed by Claude PARENT, the last building to be constructed in Season 2 of the odyssey of the Cité. The odyssey continues in Season 3.


    Construction of the Maison de l’Iran (today the Fondation Avicenne), 1969

See the complete time-line for Season 2 (at foot of page)

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