This place is located in the front of Le Bateau-Lavoir which is the nickname for a building in the Montmartre district. The square now has a Wallace fountain and is planted with chestnut trees.
Le Bateau-Lavoir is famous in art history as the residence and meeting place for a group of outstanding early 20th-century artists, men of letters, theater people, and art dealers. The cobblestone square was known as Place Ravignan and it was rechristened to Place Émile Goudeau in 1911. Émile Goudeau was a popular novelist, poet, and journalist.