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Name of Object:

Colonial school in Paris, project of M. Maurice Yvon

Other name of the Object (second name):

Longitudinal view; Plan of the first floor

Name in original language:

Part of the Modern Construction


Paris, France

Holding Institution:

National Library of France

 About National Library of France, Paris

Date of Object:



Architect: Maurice Yvon

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In 1885, the French diplomat Auguste Pavie brought thirteen young Khmers to Paris so that they could see France. This "Cambodian mission" was soon transformed into a colonial school which accepted young students of French, Cambodian or African origins in order to train the future civil servants of the colonies. Over first two, then three, years the students studied a variety of languages, French law, and ethnology. in 1895 the architect Maurice Yvon, son of an Orientalist painter, was appointed as the architect for a specialist school on 2 Rue de l'Observatoire. Insipired by "neo-Moorish" architecture, the resulting structure became a key example of "colonial art".

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Citation of this web page:

"Colonial school in Paris, project of M. Maurice Yvon" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2022. https://sharinghistory.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;fr;43;en

Translation by: Flaminia Baldwin

MWNF Working Number: FR 043

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