1861: Palais Garnier – Paris, France
Originally called the Salled des Capucines, Palais Garnier is one of the most popular opera houses in the world and a true marvel and symbol of Paris and the era in which it was constructed. Charles Garnier , who won the design rights in a competition of 170 contestants, designed the building in 1861. The building took 14 years to complete and was the home of the Paris Opera until 1989 where its primary function transitioned to housing the Paris ballet. Influenced by Renaissance artisans such as Michelangelo, Garnier’s style was truly unique and became the inspiration for many buildings afterward.