This week we’re in Paris standing in front of the door located at 4 Place Rio de Janeiro. I’m a sucker for a door with a rounded top. Add fancy embellishments, you’ve definitely got my attention.

What you likely don’t know at quick glance is that this door was once the entrance to the private home of one Jean Joseph Marie Gabriel de Lattre de Tassigny, Former Chief of Staff of the French Army.

His list of military achievements is impressive to say the least – he was involved in WWI, WWII and Indichina War and has a laundry list of decorative honours – National Order of the Legion of Honour, the highest French honourary decoration being just one of them.

His name was also given to bridges, boulevards, streets, squares and other public places making him one of the top 200 people in France to be honoured in such a way.

Upon his death in 1952, Monsieur de Lattre de Tassigny was honoured with a state funeral and then posthumously named Marshal of France – the highest French military distinction, originally dating back to the 12th century.

Nowadays this door is the entrance to a firm called Chateauform, which I understand to work with companies to arrange corporate events. I wonder what Monsieur de Lattre de Tassigny would think of his old home being used commercially.

Thursday Doors is a weekly event facilitated by Dan. To take part, or to simply check out more doors from around the globe, check out Dan’s Blog.


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