The garden had irregular backs of houses that faced the surrounding streets. Most of these houses were shops. In one of these shops Charlotte Corday bought the knife she used to stab Jean-Paul Marat, a major event in the French Revolution. It became also famous by painting by David and Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry.
During the French revolutionary period, the gardens of the Palais-Royal were opened to all Parisians. Therefore, the palace was called Palais de l'Égalité.