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From the medieval past of Paris, only a few residential houses remain in the historic centre of Paris. I posted an article about the hidden timber house in rue de Braque. The two half-timbered houses on rue Francois Miron are visible from the street. And as always there is a little story to tell about these houses… Rendez-vous in the rue François Miron in the 4th arrondissement.


The half-timbered houses on rue Francois Miron, Paris 

Half-timbered houses on rue Francois Miron, Paris © French Moments
Half-timbered houses on rue Francois Miron, Paris © French Moments

Long considered to be Paris’ oldest houses, the two half-timbered houses on rue Francois Miron date back to the beginning of the 15th century. Sources indicate that they could have been built as early as the 14th century.

Their names are written on the plaques located on the façades:

  • Number 11: the House of the Reaper (À l’enseigne du Faucheur)
The door of the Reaper House © French Moments
The door of the Reaper House © French Moments
  • Number 13: the corbeled House of the Sheep (À l’enseigne du Mouton). 
The door of the Sheep House © French Moments
The door of the Sheep House © French Moments

In the Middle Ages, houses were not identified by numbers as is done today but by shop signs informing on the merchants’ activities.

From 1508, successive royal decrees prohibited new construction with projecting parts. They were seen as dangerous enough to fall on the head of passers-by! The gable of the Sheep House was therefore removed in the 17th century.

In 1607 the appearance of the tall and narrow houses changed when the façades were covered with a mixture of plaster and lime. Many other houses in Paris were treated the same way to reduce the risk of fire.

Numbers 11 and 13 rue Francois Miron © Mini.fb - licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
The houses on rue Francois Miron before the 1960s © Mini.fb – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

It’s only since 1967 they have regained their former medieval charm when the plaster was removed to reveal the old timber. The gable of the Sheep House (number 11) was rebuilt.

Rue François Miron, Paris © French Moments
The street and the old houses © French Moments
Half-timbered houses on rue Francois Miron, Paris © French Moments
The timbered houses © French Moments
Half-timbered houses on rue Francois Miron, Paris © French Moments
The half-timbered houses © French Moments

Rue François Miron

Did you know? The street where the medieval houses are located takes its name from François Miron, a popular Provost of the merchants of Paris from 1604 to 1609.

  • Location: 13 rue François Miron, 4th arrondissement
  • Closest métro station: Hôtel de Ville (métro lines 1 and 11) or Saint-Paul (line 1)
  • Find out more about the half-timbered houses on rue Francois Miron on the blog of my friend Sabrina Tu Paris Combien.

Lastly, did you know that the French term for “half-timbered houses” is “maison à colombages” (masculine)? Many half-timbered houses can be seen across the regions of France with different styles: Normandy,  Brittany, Burgundy or Alsace (read our dedicated article!).


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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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  1. I’m so glad I discovered your blog! I’ve been to France twice. Both visits included Paris. I’m interested in the Middles Ages, so while there I visited the (few) medieval sites/buildings available. However, I was did not learn about the Billettes Cloister or the houses on Rue Francois Miron until reading your blog this morning. I will definitely look them up on my next visit.

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