LESCOT, Pierre
(b. ca. 1510, Paris, d. 1578, Paris)

Exterior view

Hôtel Carnavalet, Paris

Lescot is almost certainly responsible for the Hôtel Carnavalet, the known contracts for which date from 1548, and which is the only example of a Paris house to survive from the middle of the sixteenth century. The building has been much altered, but certain parts of the original survive: the main façade of the court with the sculptures of the Four Seasons from the studio of Goujon, the turrets which flank it, and the entrance, also decorated by Goujon.

The photo shows court of the building. The most interesting feature is the decoration of the main façade of the court with its reliefs from the studio of Goujon. This arrangement was to be widely followed later in Paris.