For more than a century, the St. Joseph church served as a place meet, exchange and collaborate. It was the heart of the community. In Early Modern and Revolutionary France, Salons served as cultural hubs with the purpose to “disseminate good manners and sociability”. Salons were often viewed as centers of intellectual and social exchange, promoting idealistic notions in what people refer to as the “Age of Conversation” and stood for egalitarianism. Salons were also often run by highly educated women.
Le Salon 1861 is a space for the congregation of these values. It is a space in which all are free to be heard, to innovate, to think and to try new things in a supportive and collaborative environment.