b. 1660, d. 1742 Paris
Born into a family of artists, Armand-Claude Mollet was one of the first architects in France to design houses that were both functional and comfortable yet gracefully proportioned. He was the first to arrange dining rooms conveniently close to the kitchens and to include bathrooms near to bedrooms. Designed to suit the needs of individual patrons, Mollet's buildings always took into account the patrons' particular style of living. In 1668, Mollet succeeded his father as Maître des Jardins (Master of the Gardens) at the Louvre; in 1718 he was made a first-class member of the Académie Royale d'Architecture. Mollet's most famous work was the Hôtel d'Evreux in Paris, built in 1718 and once owned by Madame de Pompadour. Now known as the Palais de l'Elysée, it has served as the official residence for the president of France since 1849.