These stone quarries at Ivry-sur-Seine acquired their name from their owner at the beginning of the 19th century - Francois Adrien Delacroix. The galleries within the quarry are reinforced with stacks of stone and stone arches. In one place a number of underground galleries meet beneath a huge dome, whose purpose is not known.
Delacroix sought to make use of the quarries by excavating large silos for the storage of grain. The grain would be sold when the market was at its highest. Three such silos were excavated, before the authorities clamped down on private enterprise profiting from such price fluctuations.
After the grain silo experiments, the quarry saw other uses including as a wine store and for growing muchrooms. During World War II, the Germans used part of the quarry for storage and strengthened some areas with concrete. From 1999, the quarry used to be opened on heritage weekends but it is believed this ceased some years ago.