CHALGRIN, Jean-François-Thérese
(b. 1739, Paris, d. 1811, Paris)

Interior view

Saint-Philippe-du-Roule, Paris

Soufflot's influence is apparent in the Parisian parish church Saint-Philippe-du-Roule, which was constructed in 1774-84 on the basis of plans begun after 1768 by Chalgrin. The church, with its Ionic columns running round the apse and continuous entablature has an austerity and unity derived mainly from the model of classical and Early Christian basilicas.

With its pedimented temple front on Doric columns and horizontally roofed side entrances, the west front is conceived in terms of an orthogonal grid. Decorative elements are limited to a few places such as the tympanon of the triangular pediment.