The Oval Room is a magnificent reading room located at BnF Richelieu Library. We need your support to restore the former splendour of this unique heritage icon.
A donation to restore the Oval Reading Room is a major opportunity to contribute to preserving the national and universal heritage.
Adopting a lamp, a table or a column is a way to make a durable contribution and forge ties with the BnF.
Help us gather 500 000 € to fund the restoration of the Oval Reading Room!
The construction of the Oval room, designed by the French architect Jean-Louis Pascal, started in 1897 and was inaugurated in 1936. The volume of this room known as the 'Oval Paradise' is very impressive: 43,70-metre long, 32,80-metre large, 18-metre high. It is a delightful place made of mosaic, gold decorations, decorative paintings and unique furniture!
Under the glass-roof surrounded with an elegant interlacing of gilded acanthus leaves, there are 16 glass bull's eyes set in the upper part of the oval and used for ventilation. Each of them bears the name of a city symbolically famous in the history of civilizations and libraries: Paris, Byzantium, Washington, Florence, Athens, Ninive, Berlin, Alexandria, London, Babylon, Vienna, Thebes, Rome, Carthage, Beijing, Jerusalem.
The renovation work is necessary to restore the splendour of this room which decorative elements tarnished and shaded off over the years: cracked paintwork, mosaic black with dirt, chipped gilding, damaged glass-roof, dirty friezes of painted decorative elements...
It includes the cleaning and restoration of:
Cost of the renovation work: 3,8 million euros
Duration of the renovation work: 4 years
To make a donation, you can:
You can also contribute to supporting the restoration of a piece of furniture or an architectural element of the Oval reading room. Thanks to your help, we will be able to restore a lamp, a table or a column.
All lamps are adopted
The bronze lamps of the reading tables and desks are made of opaline globes and lampshades with a steel sheet, painted and covered with copper.
Number of lamps to adopt: 42
Cost of an adoption: 1 000 €
Each of the waxed oak reading tables has a black linoleum desk blotter protected with hessian. The reading tables are not of the same length; some of them can accomodate one person only and the others, two persons. A headboard separates the spaces facing each other. Some small reveals on the work plans should be used to store the books when they are not consulted by the readers.
Number of tables to adopt: 100 (please choose your seat number)
Cost of an adoption: 2 000 €
The cast-iron twin columns carry heavy capitals bearing the 12 arches of the ring-shaped half-vault.
Number of columns to adopt: 16
Cost of an adoption : 6 000 €
To make a donation, you can :
To make your donation in several payments, please contact us at 00 33 (1) 53 79 48 51 or email@example.com
You enjoy an income tax reduction equal to 66% of the amount of your donation up to 20% of your taxable income and five-year reportable (Law on sponsorship - August the 1st, 2013). For example:
Please contact us if you wish to make a donation from abroad
You enjoy a reduction on the corporation tax equal to 60 % of the amount of the donation up to 0,5 % of the turnover. The surplus can be reported on 5 fiscal years (Law on sponsorship - August the 1st, 2013). For example:
Monday, January 2, 2017
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