MEMOIRES DE CITE JARDIN
This place was inaugurated in 2008 as part of the tourism development of the city-garden . It houses hosts an exhibition on the history of city-gardens in Ile-de-France and offers throughout the year, animations. It is located in the old hardware you still see the sign in mosaics.
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RAOUL DUCHENE STREET
This street is lined with flags curve you can notice the symmetry, either among themselves or with respect to the axis of the street. Rehabilitation occured in 2010 and the plaster was given its original color.
LE CLOS ROLLAND
This is a public square in deadlock, which IS built around a family houses. This place is the result of an English town planning model, participating in the staging of the garden city and prioritizing public and private spaces. The pavilions were designed for couples or families. You can retrace your steps to resume rue Raoul Duchêne and turn to the right.
LE CLOS GONOT
Turning right in Paty avenue, you will reach another "clos", the "clos Gonot". The principle of the "clos" model is directly inspired by the city- gardens of British cities, conceptualized by Ebenezer Howard.
This is one of the majestic avenues of the city garden, with in its center a median planted with grass. The houses are built down the street with a front yard and a fence forming the alignment with the street. This avenue was rather inhabited by employees of the gas, electricity, post office.
LA BONBONNIERE (The Candy Box)
This is how some people still call this little shrine, which formerly housed a candy shop.
ALBERT MOREAU STREET
It takes you behind the "common home", actualy Paul Eluard space. Formerly the public bathroom & showers and public wash houses was situated here, but were destroyed in the 1960s.
At this time, only the pavilions had no bathroom!
Maybe you can make out on your right going towards the place Marcel Pointet, sneaking an alley between houses. It leads to a heart island formerly called "field of sheep", which also served as a playground. You can see the city of Clos Saint-Lazare, emblematic of the great projects built in the years 1960-1970.
Behind the pharmacy, you will notice the mosaic with the names of architects who built the garden city: Georges Albenque and Eugene Gonnot.
The project ambitious at beginning changed for economic reasons. The number of individual units will be downgraded in favor of collective housing. The city has 1,600 units with 472 in pavilions.
PAUL VAILLANT COUTURIER SCHOOL
Stop for a moment behind the kid playgarden and observe the mosaics. Schools were provided at the beginning of the construction of the city garden, and other public facilities that no longer exist: clinic, nursery.
You are at the limit of the city-garden, this extremely frequented axis was "the road Gonesse." It leads right into the University of Saint-Denis, and is lined with vegetable fields still cultivated.
On the other side of the avenue de Stalingrad, you see a school, surrounded by pavilions.
This is the school of the Globe, which takes its name from the intersection of the Globe a few meters far, where an airship crashed reaching Le Bourget.
DIVISION LECLERC AVENUE
This avenue is lined with buildings, some built with shop, others reserved for families. Notice the variety of elements of facades, balconies and bow-windows.
PIERRE PERRON STREET
Curiously, this street has a few houses with green roofs, but we can't explain why. Some of these houses were sold, but some of them belong to public domain of Seine-Saint-Denis.
PLACE MARCEL POINTET
You are now at the center of the garden city, at the location of the castle Hainguerlot destroyed by the Prussians in 1870.
Paul Eluard space, which includes an auditorium with 700 seats was completed in 1960 by the son of Mr. Gonnot. Seeing houses above the theater, is quite unusual. Buildings bordering the square still have their signs in mosaics, "X-rays".
Take the avenue Paul Vaillant-Couturier on your right to the town hall.
THE TOWN HALL
Here you are at the end of your walk in the city garden in front of the town hall. Another nod to the past, because it's located in the old stables of the castle, which have not been destroyed. Buses will take you to the station Stains Pierrefitte-Saint-Denis and Paris.