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Art Nouveau Walks

and Other buildings

Around 1900, Nancy became famous the world over for its art nouveau movement, founded by a group of outstanding artists. Known as the Ecole de Nancy (Nancy School), these artists brought together the decorative arts and industrial production, and this extraordinary creative adventure propelled Nancy into the limelight on the modern world stage. Under the impetus of Emile Gallé, a whole generation of artists took their inspiration from plant forms and the world of science to create new designs in architecture and the decorative arts. The immense talent of the artists of the Nancy School can be seen in their glassware, ceramics, furniture, wrought ironwork, bookbinding, stained glass, sculpture and in the architecture of houses, banks and shops.


From Place Maginot to Place Stanislas, this walk takes in the commercial premises built around 1900, including shops, a bank, newspaper offices, hotels, restaurants and performance venues. Here the artists of the Nancy School, combining technological innovation and excellence in the decorative arts and crafts, have left their mark – reflecting the contemporary entrepreneurial spirit of – in stone, wood, glass and metal.

Look out in particular for:

  • The Brasserie l’Excelsior restaurant (1910)
  • The former seed shop (1901)
  • The Crédit Lyonnais bank (1901)


In 1901 Jules Villard decided to create a whole new ‘garden city’ in the art nouveau style on the land surrounding his château. He commissioned architects Emile André and Henry Gutton to design a private, gated residential park. Only six detached houses were actually built, including the caretaker’s lodge, out of nearly a hundred initially planned. The project was adapted to match market needs more closely; smaller, terraced houses were built and the park was opened up to the public.

Look out in particular for:

  • The Caretaker’s lodge (Loge du Concierge) (1902)
  • Villa Les Glycines (1902-1904)
  • Villa Les Roches (1904)


Starting from the superb Museum of the Nancy School, this walk explores the delightful ‘green’ area around the Saint-Marie park, where the streets are lined with family houses and small gardens, and colourful floral decorations adorn even the humblest abode.

Look out in particular for:

  • The Museum of the Nancy School (1911-1912)
  • The Biet house (1907)
  • Rue Felix Faure (1900-1910)


Heading west from the railway station, this walk leads to the best known of the art nouveau houses, the Villa Majorelle. Following the annexation of Alsace and Lorraine by Germany as a result of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870, Nancy became the capital of Eastern France. Its population increased dramatically and a new town developed along the railway line.

Look out in particular for:

  • The Villa Majorelle (or Villa Jika) (1901-1902)
  • The France-Lanord building (1902-1904)
  • The Jacques pharmacy (1903)