Events

Presentation on the Tuileries Garden and the Restoration of the Grande Allée by Emmanuelle Héran, senior curator in charge of the garden’s heritage at the Louvre

November 23, 2020
12:00 PM
American Friends of the Louvre, in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., is pleased to invite you to a webinar presentation of the ‘Grande Allée’. Located at the heart of the Louvre and Tuileries National Estate, the ‘Grande Allée’ was designed by André Le Nôtre as one of the greatest legacies of the Tuileries Garden.
In 1668, Louis XIV’s landscape architect planted a double alley of horse chestnut trees. However, during the 18th century, it became difficult to prune the highest branches, and some trees in the first row started to bend precariously. The last trees were cut down during the French Revolution, and since then, the original width was lost, resulting in an oversized mall that is too wide, dry, and windy and that offers scant shade.
Today, the Musée du Louvre is undertaking an ambitious renovation project of the Grande Allée, with the planting of two rows of disease resistant elm trees. The goal is to re-establish the layout of the 17th-century garden, thereby spotlighting the grand historical axis of Paris. By providing more cool shade and greenery, the project will offer increased comfort to visitors and boost biodiversity.

Emmanuelle Héran, senior curator in charge of the garden’s heritage, will be presenting the history of the Grand Allée and the scientific challenges to bringing back its original splendor.

For more information, please contact Constance Barut at cbarut@aflouvre.org