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  • Year 1909.
  • 08-10-1909.
  • 19 Avenue Kleber.
  • The Peninsula Paris.

Located at 19 Avenue Kleber, The Peninsula’s building was built originally for a Russian nobleman in 1864. The Russian nobleman sold the palace in 1868 to Queen Isabella II of Spain, who established the palace as her home in exile during the First Spanish Republic. She continued to live there for the next 36 years and the palace was known as the Palais de Castille. After the queen’s death, the property was acquired by hotel magnate Leonard Tauber.

1909 Hotel Majestic Paris.

1909 Hotel Majestic Paris.

1909 Hotel Majestic Paris.

1909 Hotel Majestic Paris. Avenue Kleber.

1909 Hotel Majestic Paris. Avenue Kleber.

Tauber constructed the luxurious ‘Hotel Majestic’ on the site. Designed by Armand Sibien, construction began in 1906 and the hotel opened in December 1908. The hotel was commandeered for use as a military hospital at the outbreak of World War I in 1914, and served in this capacity for five months. It was damaged during its hospital service, and was not renovated and reopened until 1916. The 1st unofficial Chess Olympiad was held at the hotel in 1924. George Gershwin wrote An American in Paris while staying at the hotel in 1928.

The Peninsula Paris is a historic luxury hotel, formerly known as the Hotel Majestic, located on Avenue Kléber in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, France. It opened in 1908 and was converted to government offices in 1936. The hotel served as a field hospital for wounded officers during World War I , staffed largely by British aristocrats. During World War II it served as the headquarters of the German military high command in France during the Nazi occupation of Paris. The hotel played a pivotal role in the deportation of Parisian Jews and the 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler. The building reopened as The Peninsula Paris in August 2014 following a complicated and costly restoration.