The Palais Brongniart was built by the order of Napoleon and was named after the architect who designed it , Alexandre Théodore Brongniart. The building was inaugurated in 1828 and housed the Bourse de Paris (Paris stock exchange) for nearly a century and a half. Until 1996, its activities helped to develop industries, especially the iron and steel industry and the railways. The Bourse de Paris has now been outsourced and the building is currently used for conventions and events. Its management has been entrusted to the society GL events by the Ville de Paris.
The « Bourse » was built in 1808-1826 by Brongniart and Labarre.
Since its foundation in 1724 the Stock Exchange had been ‘of no fixed abode’, meeting in the Galerie Vivienne, the Palais Mazarin, the Louvre, the Palais Royal, and, since 1793, during the Revolution, in the church of the secularized Couvent des Petits Pères (today Notre Dame des Victoires).
When the church building was given back to the religious authorities (1807), the stock exchange had to move again.
It was at that time (1808) that Napoleon decided to build a permanent home for the Paris stock exchange : the Palais Impérial de la Bourse. The Emperor chose the place and style of the new building. He wanted something which would catch the eye. With a peristyle of Corinthian columns, it was a copy of the Temple of Vespasian at Rome. After Brongniart’s death (1813) Labarre was chosen to carry on.
Among the remarkable features of the Palais Brongniart are the grisaille paintings by Pujol and Meynier, on the ceiling of the large hall, representing, among other allegories, the chief cities of France, completed by a frieze representing the different stock exchanges of Europe.
At the angles in front of the Palais are statues of Commerce (by J.Dumont) and Consular Justice (by Duret) and at the back statues of Agriculture (by Seurre) and Industry (by Prader).
Today the Palais Brongniart is used for events and congresses. When the Ville de Paris decided to modernize this temple of finance, it turned to GL events and they have shared a common ambition: to create a space open to all and looking towards the future. They have worked together to make the Palais Brongniart a center for new entrepreneurial activities and a melting pot for all forms of innovation , financial, technological and socially responsible.
The Palais Brongniart also houses a hub of startups and two higher education institutions teaching digitalisation especially in connection with numeric entrepreneurship.
The Palais Brongniart is 3.000 sq.m. of floor area and hosts over 500 events a year.