Dilapidated Paris brothel returned to artistic glory as events space


A rare surviving example of about 200 brothels in Paris in the early 20th century, Aux Belles Poules (The Beautiful Hens), which has a stunning tiled frieze of Belle Époque ladies, satyrs and nymphs, is being patiently restored by owners who never realised what lay behind the board-covered walls of a room used as a computer business.

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Off a disheveled street whose questionable past seeps into its dingy present, a garish eruption from a buried era awaits the wary visitor, reports The New York Times.