Grand Moulins de Paris

Built: 1922

Abandoned: 1980s

Visited: 2006

Marquette-les-Lille, France

Faced with the difficulty of supplying food to the French population during the first world war, four men devised a great project: to build the world’s biggest industrial mill in Paris. In April 1919, ‘Grands Moulins de Paris’ was born, the comapny was managed by the Vilgrain family. This imposant building was acquired in 1928 by Les Grands Moulins de Paris. The flour mill was built in 1921 by the architect Vuagnaux who uses a neo-Flemish style.


The mill is used until 1989. During my visit, mostly everything was gone inside, floors are collapsed and everywhere you see graffiti. At some places you can look up 5 levels without seeing one roof or floor, only the concrete structure is left. The buildings are listed as historic monuments in 2001. The site is part of the 2010 urban renewal project. In January 2017, a project to convert the site into housing is announced. This project must end in 2022.

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