little guide to AFS in Paris

American students in Paris


The visible and outward body of the old Field Service is gone forever. It exists today only in memory (…) Yet the Field Service still lives and will live as long as the memory of any of us survives. As the years go by, opportunities will be found to perpetuate the old associations born during the war. (A. Piatt Andrew, AFS Bulletin, April 1919.)

To evoke the memories of AFS’s origins in Paris is to celebrate the culture of a common enterprise that continues to help adventuresome young people from one country to discover and share in the lives of people from another. The story starts with the growth of an American Colony in Paris.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century America began seriously to seek European markets. Theretofore trading had been on a small scale but at the close of the eighteenth century the prosperous merchants of New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore began to send their representatives abroad in larger numbers for the purpose of building up the growing international trade. (Joseph Cochran. Friendly Adventurers, 1931.)

In the second half of the 19th century, under Napoleon III, Paris became a Mecca for young students of art and architecture. The American Colony became concerned for the welfare of these new arrivals, and set in motion initiatives which culminated in the creation of the American Hospital of Paris. Meanwhile, there emerged from civil war in America and from European wars, an international movement to bring civilian assistance to wounded soldiers. This was officially recognized by the Geneva Convention of 1864 and symbolized by the reversed colors of the Swiss flag. It would provide opportunities for young Americans, under the banner of the “red cross”, to assume heroic roles on the battlefields of 1870 and 1914-18.

This little booklet has been designed to introduce you to the places where much of this happened --- or is commemorated.


Chapter 1 -- Right Bank

  1. Lafayette's grave
  2. Statue of Liberty
  3. Benjamin Franklin's residence
  4. Square de Yorktown
  5. Amiral de Grasse
  6. Exposition Universelle of 1867
  7. Mona Bismarck Foundation
  8. Washington
  9. Rochambeau
10. Flame, Statue of Liberty
11. Church of the Holy Trinity, American Pro-Cathedral
12. American Church
13. Place des Etats-Unis
14. American Legation
15. Dr. Evans' home, Bella Rosa
16. The first American Ambulance

Chapter 2 --Right Bank to Left

  1. Morgan-Harjes Bank (before 1919)
  2. Dr. Evans' dental office
  3. Morgan-Harjes Bank (after 1919)
  4. Tuileries
  5. Gare d'Orsay
  6. Ecole des Beaux-Arts
  7. Académie Julian
  8. Musée du Luxembourg
  9. The Sorbonne
10. Foyer International
11. Holy Trinity Lodge and American Hospital
12. Val de Grâce Hospital
13. Reid Hall
14. Musée Bourdelle
15. Office national des universités et écoles françaises

Chapter 3 --Neuilly-sur-Seine

1. The American Hospital of Paris
2. The Second American Ambulance: Lycée Pasteur
3. Henri Depasse's Ford showroom

Chapter 4 --Passy again

1. Rue François Premier
2. Church of the Holy Trinity, American-Pro-Cathedral
3. Place des Etats-Unis
4. Maréchal Foch
5. Musée Clemenceau
6. 35 rue de la Tour
7. 5 rue Lekain
8. 21 rue Raynouard

Chapter 5 --WW2, the Return

1. Office of the National City Bank
2. Gare de Lyon
3. Cité Universitaire, United States House
4. Ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe
5. Bir-Hakeim

Chapter 6 --The AFS Student Exchanges

Location of the French AFS offices


Chapter One