Sunday, September 23, 2007

Les Moyens de Transports

The France pavilion has its very own Hector Guimard-designed art nouveau M├ętro entrance used to mark the entrance to the arcade that leads to the shops.

These ornate cast-iron and bronze structures were originally designed to coincide with the 1900 Paris World's Fair. Unfortunately, as time went on many of them met the wrecking ball until preservationists stepped in during the 1970s. Today only 86 of the original 141 remain, and of course, one right here in central Florida.