social housing area open to visitors
The 1930's apartment
A social housing area open to
“Cité Tony Garnier”, a great piece of architecture, is an open
air exhibition hall. The 49 buildings by Tony Garnier are an amazing
example of his innovative ideas in the field of urban planning. It
underlines the commitment of Edouard Herriot, then Mayor of Lyon, and
Lyon municipality towards the construction of social housing for
70 years later, the works of art designed by Cité de la Création
symbolize the modernity of this quarter. In the streets,
painted on the building walls, they compose the best ensemble of murals
In this unique place, 25 monumental murals introduce Tony
Garnier’s works as well as the theme of the ideal city:
|- 1 mural reproduces the atmosphere of Tony
Garnier's home ;
- 12 murals introduce the Industrial City,
major theoretical work by the architect, designed between 1901 and
- 4 murals present his main architectural works in Lyon: the
halle Tony Garnier (Abattoir of la Mouche and cattle
market), the Municipal Stadium of Gerland, theHospital of Grange Blanche and the social housing area "Les Etats-Unis" ;
- 6 murals are contemporary visions of the ideal city, designed by
artists from the six continents (Youssouf Bath, Ivory Coast - Abdel
Salam EID, Egypt - Matt Mullican, United States - The Warlis tribe,
India - Marisa Lara and Arturo Guerrero, Mexico and Gregory Chestakov,
- The last 2 murals give directions.
|At night, the murals are
illuminated, giving a magic touch to the place!
The 1930’s apartment
The museum-apartment recreates the 1930's atmosphere of the flats in
“Cité Tony Garnier”. It was fitted out in 1991, at the common
initiative of “Cité Tony Garnier” Tenants' Committee and “OPAC
Grand Lyon”, the buildings' public owner. As a testimant to this
it allows visitors to measure the importance of the rehabilitation
works carried out from 1985 to 1997.
This worker's flat was decorated thanks to the items and memories of
the inhabitants: from the colour of the walls to the interior design,
the decoration and the choice of furniture.
All the objects exhibited have been given or lent by inhabitants.
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