The houses of the old quarter of Le Mans in the 20's and even in the 30's of the 20th century lacked running water and people needed to go constantly to take it with a bucket to the fountain of the street. Here, we are in the corner of the entrance of the Grande Rue and it is interesting to observe the medieval architecture of the house with its joists. We will recognize it in an old photograph of the exposition Past and Present. In the photograph of the current state of the wooden and restored houses, we can see that several chimneys have disappeared and that the joists have been discovered as in the medieval period. These wood and adobe houses date approximately from the 14th century, but the Grande Rue already existed in the Roman period.