It was the last light of day on a cold winter evening, and cheerful chairs were waiting patiently for the evening's party to begin in this old cafe of the Marais district of Paris. :-)
CAFE CONCERTS: were traditionally a unique type of cafe, where music was offered. In the late 19th century when the cafes so typical of Paris were popping up everywhere, there were dozens of "Cafe Concert" where one could enjoy food and drink, and music. Only a very few of these historic places have continued the tradition in modern times.
This cafe concert has endured over the years, and is situated near what used to be the historic wholesale marketplace of Paris, Les Halles, dating from the 1100's later to become the site of the beautiful glass and wrought iron pavillions designed by Pierre-Louis Baltard. See wonderful HISTORIC PHOTOS OF LES HALLES BALTARD: paris1900.lartnouveau.com/cartes_postales_anciennes/les_h.... This fantastic old market - the heart of Paris - was torn down and the Pompidou Center built in its place in the early 1970's. The farmers now go to Rungis - on the outskirts of Paris - to set up their stalls.
The Forum des Halles is now scheduled to undergo a big renovation. Here's a link to the site with maps, videos and information about this transformation right in the heart of the Marais: www.parisleshalles.fr/ .
LOUIS-PIERRE BALTARD was the architect of the famous beautiful
pavillions that served as the main market of Paris. Here's this from
Louis-Pierre Baltard (July 9, 1764 — January 22, 1846) was a French architect and engraver. Born in Paris. He was originally a landscape painter, but in his travels through Italy was struck with the beauty of the Italian buildings, and changed his profession, devoting himself to architecture.
In his new occupation he achieved great success, and was selected to
prepare the plans for some of the largest public edifices in Paris.
Baltard died in Paris on the 22nd of January 1846.
Two of his children were also architects. Of these the more important was Victor Baltard. (from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Baltard )