This half-timbered house on rue Volta was thought to be the oldest house in Paris until 1979 when research showed it dates only to 1644 and the title of oldest house goes to the Nicholas Flamel house in the Marais.
At the very top of this building, among the "hieroglyphs," is a depiction of a man whose nose is about the same size as his head. In the early 19th century there was an apprentice artist named Bouginier whose nose was the subject of much joking among his friends. His fellow apprentices left depictions of it all over Paris and this one in Place du Caire is the only one remaining. Victor Hugo referred to Bouginier's nose in "Les Miserables."