The Palais Brongniart is a building of Corinthian style. It was the headquarters of Paris Stock Exchange until 1987 and is in the 2nd district of Paris. Its construction began in 1807 under Napoleon, by Alexandre Théodore Brongniart, and symbolizes the power of French commerce. However, the architect did not have the opportunity to see his work completed, because of his premature death in June 6th, 1813.
Fontaine wrote in an editorial in his journal:
"Death of the architect of the Bourse building: Brongniart architect responsible for building the edifice of Bourse has just died. He leaves to complete one of the finest and most important buildings of this kingdom."(June 8, 1813)