The Factory

The Cottin & Desgouttes factory

In 1904, Pierre Desgoutte founded his first company “Desgouttes et Cie”, place du Bachut in Lyon. Here are a few vintage post cards showing the factory.

Contributed by Jean-François Tournier. See his  site delaplaine69

Ecole La Mache

This post card represents the “École d’Apprentissage Supérieur” (now Ecole La Mache). In 1933, the school bought the Cottin & Desgouttes factory, visible in the foreground, and later sold it. See also the article in Souvenir Album.

The Cottin & Desgouttes factory today

The Cottin & Desgouttes offices and part of the factory staid for some in the automobile sector, as Saab, Daewoo and later Opel and Chevrolet dealerships. Few changes had been made, apart from adding modern lighting. Another part of the factory was changed into a supermarket (in 1992, it was a Super Rallye)

Later, the whole area was rebuilt. Only a small part of the factory remains, and it is now a restaurant.

Google Maps with Street View allows to visit the area. The picture below is from 2006. Click here to see the latest view.

Other views of the factory

Lyon (Rhône) – 1904-1933