Here then is another selection of pictures that combine past and present, juxtaposing buildings and landmarks that have changed – or no longer exist – with the environment as it looks today.
We start out at one of my favourite places in Bordeaux, and one where you can find me every other week keeping a close eye on local top-flight team les Girondins: Stade Chaban-Delmas, formerly known as Parc Lescure. This panoramic picture, taken from the “Virage Sud” stand shortly before the recent game versus Rennes, blends into a sight of the stadium as it was around 1948.
Invisible Paris, was used in a past Invisible Bordeaux item retracing the history of the stadium.
One building which dates from the same period as the stadium, and which was the work of the same architect, Jacques D’Welles, is the art deco wonder that is La Bourse du Travail on Cours Aristide Briand. After large-scale interior renovations, a full facelift has now made good progress although there is some doubt as to whether funds will be available to complete the task.
Here we are on Allées de Tourny, seamlessly reinstating this monumental tribute to 19th-century statesman Léon Gambetta to its rightful place!
The statue was the centrepiece of the promenade from 1905 until the 1960s when it, and the fountains at either end of the Allées, were removed to allow excavation work aimed at installing an underground car park. Once more, the monument and its current whereabouts are the subject of a past blog item. The article even reveals where you can still admire a plaster miniature of the monument!
This next picture positions a 1924 shot of the ruins of the Palais Gallien Gallo-Roman amphitheatre in its environment as it looks today. It shows how much more accessible the site was at the time, and how exotic it was with those elegant palm tress!
Staying in the same quarter, this is the remarkable former “Hôtel des Postes”, as it looked around 1915. The modern-day car should be able to catch up with the horse-drawn carriage, which is overtaking a contemporary automobile, parked on the cobblestones outside the main entrance. The building’s rich history was the subject of a standalone article on the blog.
And we finish up on the waterfront and this view of people out making the most of a white warehouse-like structure.
It comprised a large rooftop terrace which could be reached via a wide staircase (“Grands escaliers du quai”). The sight was known as “Les nouvelles Terrasses des Quinconces” and stretched from the Quinconces Esplanade to Place Jean-Jaurès. Pleasant walks along the bank of the river Garonne are in fact nothing new!