Bibliothèque Forney information
On the left, at 1 rue du Figuier is Hôtel de Sens, the oldest private mansion in the Marais. Begun around 1475, it was built as the Paris digs for the powerful archbishops of Sens, under whose authority Paris fell at the time. When Paris was made an archbishopric, the Hôtel de Sens was rented out to coach drivers, fruit sellers, a hatter, a glassblower and even a jam-maker. It was heavily restored in mock Gothic style in 1911; today it houses the Bibliothèque Forney . Temporary exhibitions here will allow you to explore at least part of the building.