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Heritage site

1517, place de l'Hôtel de Ville
Inaugurated in 1958

  • Architects : Auguste Perret and Jacques Tournant
  • The tower stretches 72 meters high and has 17 floors. The wing houses a theater.
Tour 1

Like most of the significant buildings in Le Havre, the current city hall was built just a few meters from the site of the previous, pre-war building. It was inaugurated in 1958 and signaled a renaissance: Le Havre was now a modern, triumphant city. Its new appeal was embodied in the monumental status of the city hall building, its emphasis on straight lines and right angles.

There was Auguste Perret’s 72-metre high tower, a perfect parallelepiped featuring narrow windows that further accentuate its solemn austerity. Then the wide walkway, an unrivalled, modern-day ‘sovereign shelter’ underscored by a monumental colonnade that stretches some 92 meters. Finally, the building’s functions are clearly distinguished: on the upper stories, the municipal departments and offices; in the horizontal building, which looks out on to the city, there is more sheen, more life, more culture: this is where the great lounges are found, with the city hall theatre at the eastern end.

When Auguste Perret died in 1954, his partner Jacques Tournant completed work on the tower. In 1987, architect Pierre Colboc designed an extension for the city hall, including the transfer of the main entrance to the northern side.

Hôtel de Ville du Havre © Laurent Lachevre​

Practical info

Heritage site

City Hall

1517, place de l'Hôtel de Ville
Inaugurated in 1958
Venue

1517, place de l'Hôtel de Ville
76600 Le Havre

ACCESSIBILITY
  • Visitors with physical disabilities
  • Visitors with hearing impairment
  • Visitors with mental disabilities
  • Visitors with visual impairment
OPENING HOURS

From Monday to Friday
From 8am to 4.30pm

PRICE

Free Access

Discovery tour

Stage 5 on the discovery tour 1. The Perret Area
Stage 3 on the discovery tour 3. The Stairs

CULTURAL MEDIATION

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How to get here
- Tram: A et B Hôtel de Ville Stop
- Bus: lines 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7
ON SITE
  • Bike hire
  • Bike parking
  • Paid parking
  • Wi-fi
  • Rest area
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