GABRIEL, Ange-Jacques
(b. 1698, Paris, d. 1782, Paris)

Exterior view

École Militaire, Paris

In Gabriel's first draft of 1751, the building was conceived as an educational institution for young aristocrats and was intended to rival the nearby Hôtel-des-Invalides. The version actually implemented as a military academy was limited to the château-style principal building. The main façade facing the Champs de Mars, drawn together by a strongly projecting entablature, is dominated by the central pavilion. Its domed roof on a square base and the austere pedimented windows draw on French 17th-century tradition.