1857 - Under direction from Emperor Napoleon III
construction of the road begins.
1864 - Road officially opens, though construction
works continue for many years
1865 - The Printemps department store is opened
by Jules Jaluzot and Jean-Alfred Duclos, today it
coninues to operate
1867 - The first section is completed, running up to
where Chaussee d'Antin - La Fayette is today
- Gustave Caillebotte paints the Man on a Balcony,
Boulevard Haussmann (Homme au balcon, boulevard
Haussmann), today one of the most valuable works of the
1904 - The Metro is directly connected to the
Printemps department store
1905 - The Galeries Lafayette department store moves
in to the road and their large store quickly becomes the
flagship of the company and continues today.
1906 - The novelist Marcel Proust at the age of 35
moves in to number 102 where he lives and writes for
over 10 years.
1913 - The private house of Édouard André is
bequeathed to the nation and becomes the Musée
Jacquemart-André on the death of his wife Nélie, the
well known painter.
1923 - The Metro Saint-Augustin on line 9 opens, the
first metro for the Boulevard but not the last as the
line continues to be extended until 10 years later it
runs most of the length of the road. Today there
are plentiful Metro stations.
1926 - The last part of the boulevard, from Chaussee
d'Antin - La Fayette through to Richelieu - Drouot is
completed. Rebuilding works captured here in an early
black and white film
1975 - The first non British branch of Marks & Spencer's
1991 - Statue is erected to Baron Haussmann
1999 - One of the newest train stations, the RER Line
E station Haussmann – Saint-Lazare, opens.