From the beginnings of Samaritaine, the department store has always been known for its avant-garde architecture. The architects, Frantz Jourdain & Henri Sauvage, brought about many new ideas and driven by modernity and innovation, Ernest Cognacq and Marie-Louise Jaÿ created a center dedicated to Parisians.
This task of reviving the most legendary Parisian department store has lasted several years. Art Deco and Art Nouveau structures and details of the building will be restored, not only to its original splendor but also re-imagined into an ultra-modern architectural masterpiece.
Samaritaine will continue to surprise Parisians with its futuristic structure. The 25 meters-high, ultra-innovative, rippling-glass façade that runs along the rue de Rivoli adjoins the historical building with its modern counterpart.
With the re-opening of the store, a new chapter in the history of Samaritaine will unfold. Between tradition and modernity, the artisans from all parts of France patiently and passionately contributed to the renovation of this historic building over the past fifteen years. The glorious restoration of the building highlights the meticulous work of enamellers, gilders, and iron workers.