Parisian houses are notoriously small. But what is deemed the smallest structure in all of the City of Light is miniscule even by Parisian standards–just 1.10 meters wide and 5 meters high, officially deemed two levels tall but in actuality standing only about one and a half stories high.
To put that into perspective, just about every adult and most children would be able to touch both outer walls at the same time if standing in the center either level, and many adults would have to stoop to avoid hitting their heads on the low ceilings.
Here’s a little history of no. 39 Rue du Chateau d’Eau in the 10th Arrondissement, now recognized in record books as Paris’s smallest house.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, the small structure now located between two six-story buildings was actually a narrow open-air passageway connecting the Rue du Chateau d’Eau and the Rue Faubourg Saint-Martin. As the passageway was in a prime location–opposite the 10th Arrondissement town hall and near the Marche Saint-Martin–it received extensive foot traffic and was considered a valuable asset.
39 Rue du Chateau d’Eau
Metro: Chateau d’Eau/Jacques Bonsergent