Hôtel Juvénal des Ursins

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Since the early 15th c., this Renaissance-style mansion has belonged to the Jouvenel family, drapers and magistrates from Troyes, ennobled under the name of Juvénal des Ursins.

Rue Champeaux became known as "Rue de la Draperie".

Jean Jouvenel or Juvénal (circa 1360-1431), a magistrate in Troyes and then Paris, was appointed provost of the Paris merchants in 1388.
Among his sixteen children, Jean, archbishop of Reims, took part in the review of Joan of Arc's trial, and Guillaume (1401-1472), was chancellor to the French kings Charles VII and Louis XI. Jacques commissioned a famous manuscript richly illustrated with miniatures: Giovanni Colonna's Mare historiarum (preserved at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France).
The hotel was rebuilt in white stone after the great fire of 1524. The facade features large windows with molded mullions and a handsome three-sided Gothic oriel, topped by a finely carved turret (restored in the 17th c.). The interior stained-glass windows depict the donors and the Crucifixion. The roof features a large 15th-century Gothic dormer from an earlier building.




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