Hôtel de Condé

The Hôtel de Condé was the main Paris seat o the Prince o Condé, a cadet branch of the Bourbons o Fraunce, frae 1612 tae 1764/70. Marie Éléonore de Maillé de Carman haed a suite o rooms in the building as she wis a lady-in-waiting tae Princess Caroline o Hesse-Rotenburg, secoint wife o Louis Henri, Duke o Bourbon. Carman wis the mither o the future Marquis de Sade.

The Hôtel de Condé (c. 1736), as depicted on Turgot's map o Paris

In 1610, Queen Marie de' Medici gave it tae Henri de Bourbon, Prince o Condé in part recompense for his agreeing tae mairy Charlotte Marguerite de Montmorency, a former mistress o King Keeng Henri IV. The hôtel wis largely reconstructed bi its new owner. Louis Joseph de Bourbon, Prince o Condé an his mistress, the Princess o Monaco, an members of the Condé branch moved tae Palais Bourbon in 1764, an Louis XV bought the property an its gardens in 1770. In 1778, Louis XVI offered his brither, the Coont o Provence, the Luxembourg an he hôtel de Condé. In 1779, the division o the site into building lots sparked a vast construction project. comparable tae that undertaken bi the Duke o Chartres at the Palais Royal. Streets were driven through the terrain, including rue de l'Odéon, (at first called rue du Théâtre-Français) the first street in Paris provided with paths, which wis opened through the middle o the former Hôtel de Condé at the same time that the new Théâtre-Français opened (1782), after 1807 cried the Théâtre de l'Odéon.