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Hôtel de Talleyrand

The Hôtel de Talleyrand is an American Embassy Annex building occupying a city block in Paris near the Place de la Concorde. Construction began in 1770, and upon completion many important French diplomats and aristocrats lived and worked in the building. Its name derives from Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Prince de Bénévent, who turned the building into his Parisian residence in 1814. Thomas Jefferson lived in Talleyrand during his tenure as Ambassador to France. In 1838, Baron James-Mayer de Rothschild bought the property and it remained in the Rothschild Family until 1950. After WWII, the U.S. government purchased the building and used it as the headquarters for the administration of the Marshall Plan.

In 1998, the State Department requested funds from FAPE to restore Talleyrand. Mrs. Betty Knight Scripps, through FAPE, provided the crucial funding for the initial stage of the project – the archival research, preliminary tests, and restoration trials which resulted in the report that guided the work of the talented French artisans who painstakingly implemented the restoration plan over the course of ten years. The World Monuments Fund, the Getty Foundation, and many other private and corporate entities, provided the remaining funds to restore the ten rooms at the Marshall Center.

On May 25, 2010, the State Department hosted a formal dedication ceremony and opening reception for the George C. Marshall Center. The Center provides a sought after venue for diplomatic events and meetings attended by international scholars, artists, and leaders of government and business.

The U.S. Embassy Residence in Paris is located at 41 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, not far from the Champs Elysées. The neo-classical 1855 mansion, once home to the Baroness Pontalba of New Orleans, and then to Edmund de Rothschild, became the Ambassador’s Residence in 1966.  By the 1980s, after years of constant traffic, the highly regarded residence needed refurbishing. FAPE contributed to the restoration of the President’s Suite, a grandiose bedroom which hosts American presidents when they visit the City of Lights.

FAPE also donated funds to restore the 17th-century mythological Brussels tapestry in the Deputy Chief of Mission’s residence entitled The Judgment of Paris. The tapestry depicts the goddesses Hera, Aphrodite and Athena competing for a golden apple which Paris must award to the fairest of the three.

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