Familistère Godin - Social Palace

At once an unprecedented social project and a fine industrial enterprise, this town of 2 000 people was built by Jean-Baptiste André Godin (1817-1888), founder of ironworks that manufactured his stoves. The three housing blocks were built from 1859 to 1883 and contained 500 housing units boasting mod cons. Residents also enjoyed complementary facilities: school, theatre, library, bandstand, laundry, pool, garden, sickness and old age insurance and cooperative shops.

Useful information


262-263 cité Familistère, 02120 Guise


+33 3 23 61 35 36


9 € (-19 years old 6 €)

Opening hours

Mar-Oct and school hols: 10am-6pm; rest of year: daily except Mon (except Bank Hols) 10am-6pm

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