“Tous Mécènes” – Help Restore the Tuileries Garden Grande Allée

Help the Louvre reach its €1,000,000 goal by December 31, 2020 to restore the Tuileries Garden’s 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.

Through its annual “Tous Mécènes” program, the Musée du Louvre is counting on the generosity of all to raise one million euros for a spring 2021 inauguration of the Grande Allée. Every donation, no matter the amount, is vital to the project’s success.

Sponsor a Bench: While still available, for a donation of $4,800 or above, you can name one of 26 benches near the Grande Allée. These benches are going fast, so move quickly to reserve yours.

Please note that gifts to American Friends of the Louvre must be made by December 31, 2020 to meet the funding deadline.

Thank you for your support!