The façade is a great success and a credit to its architect, Mr Bénard.
Everyone contemplates it with contemplation; for it speaks to us of a very distant era. It represents a house from the time of Pericles.
It is all white, the house, but it was undoubtedly the one of which a wise man said to someone who complained of being poorly housed: "May the gods grant that my house was full of true friends.
At the threshold of the house is an altar on which stands Minerva wearing a helmet and armed with a lance. An inscription reveals her name to the passer-by who reads on the altar: - Athènè.
©Les Merveilles de l'Exposition de 1878