Maison d'Education de la Légion d'Honneur

2013 Grant of $20,000—Paris Chapter

The Maison de l'Education de la Légion d'Honneur, located in Saint-Denis just to the north of Paris next to the celebrated Gothic Basilica which serves as the necropolis for the Kings of France, has a prestigious history in its own right. This public school for girls has rarely been open to the public so is less well known than its superb architecture and long history merit.

During Napoleon's reign as Emperor of the French, there were many military schools that educated boys to become soldiers. However, the education of girls was neglected, as the National Convention had closed all convents, which had previously ensured their education. Napoleon created the Maisons d'Education de la Légion d'Honneur to take care of and educate the daughters, among whom many were orphans, of his best soldiers.

Restoration: The north facade of the Basilica, the roof, as well as the main entry gate.