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Restored Petit and Grand Palais Reopen

Image courtesy Bruno Delamain / Atelier d'architecture Chaix & Morel et associés

The Musée du Grand Palais, in Paris, which closed in 1993 after a rivet fell from its steel-and-glass roof, reopened in September. The extended period of closure was largely the result of bureaucratic wrangling over the $122 million budget, which delayed the project until 2001. Although Paris-based architect Alain Perrot's work on the foundations and metal structure is complete, the restoration of the façade will take another two years. The 145,000-square-foot hall will be used as a multipurpose venue.

The Musée du Petit Palais has also been closed for four years, and is reopening in December. Philippe Chaix, of Chaix & Morel, the Paris-based architecture firm in charge of the renovation, says they worked on "restoring the clarity and unity of the original architecture." The museum's collection of artifacts and artworks, which date from antiquity to the 20th Century, will be displayed in larger exhibition halls which have been relit. The $87-million refit includes a refurbished café, auditorium, and bookshop.

Robert Such