École Estienne (Paris) – 120 years of design training

École Estienne
Ecole Estienne

L’école Estienne is the traditional name of the École supérieure des arts et industries graphiques (ESAIG) (Graduate School of Arts and Printing Industry). The property is located in the 13th Paris district of Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui, at 18, not far from the Butte-aux-Cailles.

The front façade of the École Estienne.


In 1887, anthropologist and linguist Abel Hovelacque proposed that the City of Paris should set up a municipal arts and professional printing school for the industry. In November 1889, 108 students opened their school in temporary premises on Rue Vauquelin.

In honour of the Estienne family, the school was named after a famous family of printers from the 16th century, including Henri Estienne (elder), Robert Estienne and Charles Estienne. Its mission was to address the poor printing and book-making qualifications and standards, covering theoretical and practical aspects.

Architect Menjot Dammartin designed the main building, and it was built in 1896. The machine shop (1200 m2) was made by the workshops of Gustave Eiffel in Levallois-Perret. The premises were opened by the President of France, Félix Faure, in July 1896. It is located at 18 Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui in Paris’s 13th arrondissement, not far from the Butte-aux-Cailles.


Accueil – École Estienne

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Wikipedia contributors. (2020, December 9). École Estienne. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 04:45, January 14, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=%C3%89cole_Estienne&oldid=993171645

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