The path to restoration

La Samaritaine is temporarily losing her finery – following the removal of the glass dome, it’s now the turn of the colourful enamelled ceramic panels decorating the Art Deco facades to be taken down one by one, numbered and sent to specialist restoration workshops outside Paris. The same process will be repeated for the large peacock fresco running along the 5th floor, the frieze and the handrails of the grand staircase under the glass roof – and then, like a jigsaw, all the refurbished items will be replaced in situ once the building is renovated. Meanwhile the large glass roof will be completely remade, following the original 1905 design. Go behind the scenes with these photos for a glimpse of the painstaking work involved in dismantling each element for restoration.