First Olympic Village
Paris Olympic Village, 1924
France (Paris)
Prior to the 1924 Games, the competing athletes were put up in hotels and other forms of accommodation across the host city. However, this was expensive and logistically very challenging, so the organizers of Paris 1924 instead constructed a series of cabins close to the Olympic Stadium to house the visiting athletes. Although the complex was given the name ‘Olympic Village’, it was quite primitive in design, and the first true, fully developed Olympic Village, complete with kitchens and other modern amenities, was still eight years away, built for the Los Angeles Games in 1932.