Beaumarchais: a Writer’s Wealth
In 1789, the buildings extending from 2 to 20 boulevard Beaumarchais were a single property owned by one man: the writer Pierre Caron de Beaumarchais, whose financial affairs had turned him into one of the largest property owners in the Saint-Antoine neighborhood. In 1787, he bought some land close to the Saint-Antoine gate, just steps away from the Bastille, on which he built a sumptuous home: the “Beaumarchais Pleasure Palace.” Thus, he lived close to his theater, located on the current rue de Sévigné. The property was later destroyed in the 19th century in order to extend the Canal Saint-Martin.
31 boulevard Beaumarchais