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Rue Notre-Dame-des Champs
82 rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs
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In late January 1924, the Hemingways returned from Toronto expecting to move into Ezra Pound's small studio apartment (at 70 rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs) until they found new lodgings. However, with Pound and his wife Dorothy still away in Italy and the concierge refusing them entry, Hemingway was forced to rethink his plans.

Although rental prices had risen sharply -- 'prices in Paris had risen as the franc fell in value. With 32,000 permanent American residents and twice that many British, the city offered no cheap accommodations' -- Hemingway now had a baby to consider, so he signed the lease on an apartment at 113 rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs on 8 February.



Hardly ideal, the second-floor flat was three times the price of their old apartment, had no electricity and was directly underneath a saw mill. It was, however, a better location at least:

Here they were only a few minutes walk from the Notre-Dame-des-Champs Metro station, the Luxembourg Gardens, Sylvia's bookshop and Gertrude's place on rue de Fleurus. The neighborhood was less working class, less down at the heels. At one end of the street stood the Clinique d'Accouchement [maternity hospital], for which both Ernest and Hadley hoped they would have no use. (In his 1924 day book, mostly blank, Ernest was keeping careful track of Hadley's monthly periods.) (Michael Reynolds, Hemingway the Paris Years, p. 162-163).

Today the apartment is said to comprise part of L'École Alsacienne.