Flashback on the Hôtel-Dieu’s conversion
Before its spectacular transformation, this monument of Lyon on the banks of the Rhône was a hospital.
Nowadays, this building, a listed historic monument, is also part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
History of the building
The structure was constructed in 1184 by the Bridgebuilding Brotherhood, a society of building monks, and was then named the Hôpital du Pont du Rosne. It was initially a reception centre for the sick, as well as pilgrims and other travellers.
In 1754, the majestic cupola was erected by two students of Jacques-Germain Soufflot: Toussaint Loyer and Melchior Munet. It was completed in 1761.
Over the course of 1796, the new joint administration of the Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu and the Hôpital de la Charité put an end to their rivalry. Inside these buildings, many surgeons distinguished themselves with their achievements. In 1914, the hospital was requisitioned to become an army hospital, which it remained until 1923.
In 1944, the great dome caught fire. It was only rebuilt in 1967, based on Soufflot’s original plans.
The dome is a reflection of its architect’s style: neoclassical architecture that is an amalgamation of Gothic airiness and ancient splendour.
In the early 21st century, hospitals were considered to be businesses and had to pay the associated economic imperatives. The investments made between 2002 and 2010 offered a response to the development of private structures but did not preclude the need for reorganizations.
The hospital, the museum of public hospitals and the chapel definitively shut their doors at the end of 2010.
A breathtaking conversion
The refurbishment project aimed to accentuate and give new life to this heritage site, whilst respecting its history.
Project spanning 42 000m²
17 635m² of shops and restaurants
8 000m² of courtyards and gardens
« The project carried out at Lyon’s Grand Hôtel-Dieu is the biggest private operation to convert a historic monument that has ever been conducted in France.» Thierry Brossard – Project Manager Eiffage Construction
Participation of Maison Rouveure Marquez
Rouveure Marquez participated in this spectacular renovation. The company’s expertise in plasterwork decorated and enhanced the inside of the majestic dome. The ceilings in the restaurant Epona were also installed by Rouveure Marquez teams.