Rue du Bac, Paris

Rue du Bac is a street in Paris situated in the 7th arrondissement. The street, which is 1150 m long, begins at the junction of the quais Voltaire and Anatole-France and ends at the rue de Sèvres.

Rue du Bac, Paris
Rue du Bac
Rue du Bac, Paris is located in Paris
Rue du Bac, Paris
Shown within Paris
Length1,150 m (3,770 ft)
Width20 m (66 ft) (average) between quais Anatole France and Voltaire and the boulevard Saint-Germain. 18 m between the Boulevard Saint-Germain and the rue de Sèvres
QuarterSaint-Thomas d'Aquin
Coordinates48°51′23″N 2°19′35″E / 48.85639°N 2.32639°E / 48.85639; 2.32639
Fromquai Voltaire, Paris and quai Anatole France
Torue de Sèvres, Paris
CompletionOpened between 1600 à 1610
"Plaque James McNeill Whistler, 110 rue du Bac, Paris 7"

Rue du Bac is also the name of a station on line 12 of the Paris Métro, although its entrance is actually located on the boulevard Raspail at the point where it is joined by the rue du Bac.


Rue du Bac owes its name to a ferry (bac) established around 1550 on what is now the quai Voltaire, to transport stone blocks for the construction of the Palais des Tuileries. It crossed the Seine at the site of today's Pont Royal, a bridge constructed during the reign of Louis XIV to replace the Pont Rouge built in 1632 by the financier Barbier.

Originally, the street was named Grand Chemin du Bac, then Ruelle du Bac and Grande Rue du Bac.

Buildings of noteEdit

Odd street numbersEdit

  • 1 : Built by Auguste Rolin and C. La Horgue in 1882-1883
  • 83–85 : Former monastery of the Immaculate Conception built in 1637. It also occupied numbers 87 and 89 rue de Grenelle [fr], onto which the garden extended.
  • 97 : Hôtel de Ségur (also called Hôtel de Salm-Dyck) : This house was built in 1722 for Pierre Henry Lemaître (also owner of the château du Marais [fr]), perhaps by François Debias-Aubry [fr]. Some of the interior décor dates to that period. From 1786 to 1792 and from 1796 to 1798 it was occupied by Madame de Staël, who held a regular salon here.
  • 101 : Hôtel de La Feuillade

Even street numbersEdit

Destroyed buildingsEdit

  • 84 : Former entrance into the garden of the Hôtel de Galliffet, which has its main entrance at 73 rue de Grenelle [fr]; marked by a massive porch that was torn down in 1837
  • 86 : Site of the former Hôtel Dillon

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Memorial de la Deportation des Juifs de France One-Step Search Results". Retrieved 2022-10-17.
  2. ^ Ronald Anderson and Anne Koval, James McNeill Whistler: Beyond the Myth, Carroll & Graf, New York, 1994, pg. 357 et seq.
  3. ^ "Mr. Klein (1976)". IMDb.

This article was drawn mainly from the French Wikipedia article.


  • Bruno Pons et Anne Forray-Carlier (dir.), La Rue du Bac, Paris, Délégation à l'action artistique de la Ville de Paris, 1991 – ISBN 2-905118-33-4

External linksEdit