There are not many flowing fountains in Paris, but the Cité de Trévise, a small hidden square in the 9th arrondissement is one of the most charming. This residential square is so easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. Surrounded by residential buildings, this cobblestone plaza has a central fountain surrounded by a gated blossoming garden and trees. It is accessible via two streets: Rue Richer and Rue Bleue.
The Cité de Trévise square was built in 1838 on the site of a former hotel particulier. The buildings were edified by the architect Édouard Moll in an eclectic style. The plaza is truly a haven of peace not far from the bustling 9th arrondissement commerce streets.
Cité de Trévise was originally a private, gated community which forbade boutiques, workshops and other open commerce. The buildings and garden were maintained by two guardians, paid for by the property syndicate.
During the First World War in 1918, a bomb exploded at 22 Cité de Trévise.
Up until the 1950s, Cité de Trévise was closed to passthrough traffic, having two gates which closed it off to cars and passersby. In 1983, it became fully a public Parisian plaza.