This building, also known as Arenzana Palace, was built in 1880 by Francisco de Cubas y González, architect of the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts. This handsome palace was acquired in 1882 by the State of France from the Count of Fuente Nueva de Arenzana. Located near Paseo de Recoletos, it's currently included on the list of monuments considered to be of historical-artistic interest. In the 20th century, it became the residence of French Ambassadors in Madrid.
The first floor is home to the Ambassador's office, the dining room and the main rooms. Two lounges and the Salon Richelieu are interconnected and look onto Calle Villalar. The service rooms were located on the second floor and the kitchen occupied the attic.
In recent years, major renovation works have taken place to return the original noble appearance to the building. These works included restoring the entrance hall and main stairs, as part of a programme to conserve French cultural heritage abroad.
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