Hotel Molitor

Paris, France | C.1929

Photo Credit: Piergab

When Piscine Molitor, on the outskirts of Park, opened its doors in 1929, its avant-garde atmosphere attracted the city’s artists, celebrities, and high society.  Molitor was an art deco lover’s dream, designed to resemble a luxury ocean liner.  For sixty years, patrons sunbathed by day (or ice-skated during winter months), and fine dining deep into the night.

However, by the 1980s, the luster had faded, and Piscine Molitor was closed in 1989.  This wouldn’t stop the hotel from remaining a destination for Paris’s young art crowd.  The crumbling concrete and abandoned pool became the scene for new kinds of social gatherings of graffiti artists, skateboarders, and DJs, who transformed Molitor into an underground venue for exhibitions and raves.

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