Palais des Fêtes

Palais des Fêtes

Palais des Fêtes
Façade on rue Sellénick seen in 2015
Palais des Fêtes is located in Strasbourg
Palais des Fêtes in relation to the city of Strasbourg
Former names Sängerhaus
General information
Type Concert hall
Architectural style Art Nouveau, Beaux-Arts
Location Strasbourg, France
Construction started 1900
Completed 1903; 1921
Owner City of Strasbourg
Design and construction
Architect Joseph Müller
Richard Kuder
Paul Dopff

The Palais des Fêtes (English: Festival Palace) is a music venue in the Neustadt district of Strasbourg, in the French department of the Bas-Rhin. Built for the “Male choral society” of Strasbourg (German: Strassburger Männergesangverein)[N 1] in 1903, it has served as the principal concert hall of the city and home to the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg until 1975. It has been classified as a Monument historique since 2007.[1]

Well known conductors such as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Charles Munch,[2] Bruno Walter,[3] Wilhelm Furtwängler,[4] Herbert von Karajan,[5] Karel Ančerl[6] and Lorin Maazel,[7] among others, have all conducted guest concerts in the Palais.


  • History 1
  • Layout 2
  • See also 3
  • Footnotes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Ancient view of the main concert hall
Corner tower seen in 2010

The Palais des Fêtes was built as the Sängerhaus (English: singer's house) between 1901 and 1903, when Strasbourg was a German city and the capital of Saint-Thomas church), according to principles by Albert Schweitzer.[9]

Plans to further expand the size and capacity of the Sängerhaus by adding a new wing at the rear were set up shortly before World War I. Strasbourg was again a French city when work was finally conducted. Architect Paul Dopff (1885–1965) added a wing in a more severe style, closer to Beaux-Arts architecture, in 1921. That wing was centred around a great room for choral repetitions called Salle de la Marseillaise.[10]

The inner decoration of the main concert hall was completely modified in 1933 according to principles of New Objectivity. The stucco and chandeliers were all removed.[8] The other parts of the building mostly retained their Art Nouveau decoration and elements.[11]

During World War II, the basement of the Palais served as an air-raid shelter. Although Strasbourg was bombed several times in 1944, the Palais was not hit.[8]

Since the Orchestre philharmonique moved out of the Palais in 1975, the venue has still served for concerts, but less frequently. The Marseillaise wing is home to the municipal ballet school (French: Centre chorégraphique de Strasbourg).[12] The Sängerhaus wing also regularly hosts conventions such as the anime convention ″Japan Addict".[13][14][15]

The Palais des Fêtes is undergoing restoration since 2012 and until 2021. Restoration began with the Marseillaise wing, whose central courtyard was covered with a glass roof in order to create an atrium.[8][16][17]


The main entrance to the Palais is on rue Sellénick, a street created in 1888 (original name: Julianstraße).[18] The entrance to the rear wing is on boulevard Clémenceau, a street created in 1881 (original name: Steinring).[19] The whole complex takes up half of the square block delimited (clockwise) by boulevard Clémenceau - rue Specklin - rue Sellénick - rue de Phalsbourg. It does not, however, stand out in height from its immediate surroundings.The only conspicuous element is the octogonal tower at the corner of rues Sellénick and de Phalsbourg, structurally (but no stylistically) close to the tower of the Mulhouse courthouse (French: tribunal d'instance) designed by the same two architects and inaugurated in 1902.[20]

See also


  1. ^ Founded in 1872. Not to be confused with the Straßburger Männergesangsverein of Straßburg, Austria, founded in 1892.
  2. ^ Although several sources claim that the hall could accommodate an audience of 1,500 and, for some, even 1,700, it is best to stick with the figure of 1,080 that was given by the municipality of Strasbourg in 2013 and can be seen here.


  1. ^ "Palais des Fêtes". French Ministry of Culture. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Palais des fêtes". Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Orchestre Philharmonique de Vienne sous la direction de Bruno Walter; Palais des Fêtes, Strasbourg... 24 avril 1934...". Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Les Concerts". Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Die Herbert von Karajan Archiv-Datenbank". Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Palais des Fêtes, Strasbourg, 10 May 1967". 
  7. ^ "Orchestre national de la RTF : concert donné le 18 juin 1961". Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Palais des Fêtes - 5 rue Sellénick". Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Strasbourg, Palais des fêtes". Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Aile "Marseillaise" - 34 boulevard Clémenceau". Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Palais des fêtes". Art Nouveau around the world. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Présentation". Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "19e Japan Addict, Strasbourg regarde vers le soleil levant". culturebox.francetvinfo.f. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Diaporama : entre soi à la Japan Addict". rue89.strasbourg. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "14ème édition de la Japan addict ce week-end". rue89.streasbourg. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "Strasbourg : le chantier du Palais des fêtes avance".  
  17. ^ "Strasbourg: Le palais des fêtes prend la lumière". Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "Rue Sellénick". Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Boulevard Clémenceau". Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "Tribunal d'instance". Retrieved 1 November 2015. 

External links

  • Palais des Fêtes - La Renaissance, published in 2011 by the municipality of Strasbourg (French)