When Master Marchoux owned two town houses located 6 rue de Vivienne and 4 rue des Petits-Champs,in 1823. He wanted to create a gallery on these plots.
Raised by the architect Delannoy, it was soon named "gallery Vivienne" and inaugurated in 1826. At that time, the situation of the gallery was just perfect! Near the palais Royal, passers-by loved to go there because they found others Parisian galleries too desolated! Until the French Second Empire, it was the gallery Parisians loved the most...
Amédée Kermel said in his book Paris ou le Livre des Cent-et-Un that sans contredit, le plus fréquenté de tous les passages de la capitale, c'est le chaînon qui joint aux boulevards. Aucun autre ne se trouve mieux placé que lui pour être un foyer brûlant de circulation et d'activité. Which means "it was the liveliest place in Paris, the link that join boulevards."
In 1828, we had a café, several stores, a bookstore and two prints shops. In 1832, the Italian abbot Gazzava brought his Cosmorama, a show with highlight landscapes, thanks to magnifying mirrors!