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4. The Garden-city of Stains, jewel of the historical, social and architectural heritage of the Plaine Commune area

Of British inspiration, but 100% Made in France. Long before the beach in Paris, the countryside in Stains...

mémoires de cité-jardin

The first garden-cities appeared in the 19th century, in the suburbs of London. Within the concept of urban utopia, imagined by Ebenezer Howard, the " Garden City ", had for main ambition to take charge of the working class in its entirety, to overcome the housing shortage and to reconcile town and country-side.

The Garden-City of Stains was built between 1921 and 1933 by architects Eugène Gonnot and Georges Albenque, on the grounds of the old castle's park. The project was driven by Henri Sellier, the mayor of Suresnes, administrator of the Public Office for affordable housing in the Seine department, and Health Minister in the government of the Popular Front. The concept of the garden-city carries the hygienic features of the era as well as some pioneer elements of sustainable development. This huge urban project, registered in the 1976 inventory of picturesque sites, offers an array of buildings: collective housing, detached houses of a neat architecture, equipment and shops. The garden-city of Stains offers over 1600 types of accommodation, of which 472 detached houses.
Collective green spaces as well as allotments are also made available to the local residents.

Opened in September 2008, the space " Mémoires de Cité-jardin " is set at the heart of the site, on the premises of an old hardware store. It is designed to highlight the wealth of the Stains housing estate, one of the jewels of the historical, social and architectural heritage of Plaine Commune. " Mémoires de Cité-jardin " is a place to meet, where workshops and activities take place. A permanent exhibition is dedicated to the history of garden-cities and particularly to that of Stains. Archives are available on site.

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Useful information

Cité-jardin de Stains
" Mémoires de Cité-jardin "
28, avenue Paul Vaillant-Couturier
93240 Stains
Tél. : + 33 (0)1 58 69 77 93

Getting there

By RER D : Pierrefitte-Stains - RER B : La Courneuve-Aubervilliers
By Métro : ligne 13, Saint-Denis
By Bus 255, 252 et 150 : Mairie - 253 : place Marcel-Pointet
By car : link to interactive map
Parking : available for cars, coaches and disabled access rue Albert Moreau, behind the Espace Paul Éluard.

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