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Château de Prégny, Geneva, Switzerland

Adolphe Carl de Rothschild (1823-1900) bought the Prégny estate near Lake Geneva in 1857. The original house in the park, the 'villa Grecque d'Auguste Saladin de Lubieres' had been built between 1822-1825 by Luigi Bagutti and was demolished by Adolphe after he acquired the estate. Adolphe added a large area of land to the estate in 1858. 

The house passed in 1907 to Maurice de Rothschild (1881-1957), Adolphe’s cousin. It was at Prégny, that Maurice hosted meetings of the League of Nations from 1920 to 1939. When Maurice died, Pregny passed to Edmond de Rothschild (1926-1997). The property is still in family ownership. In the 1990s, the glasshouses were presented to the Jardin et Conservatoire Botanique of Geneva.

Archive sources

The Rothschild Archive holds very little original material concerning the Château de Prégny. A large rolled coloured map of the Château de Prégny, 'Inventaire des arbres', (Inventory of trees), with different species marked, dated 20 July 1989 will be found in a collection of research papers of Miriam Rothschild concerning her book Rothschild Gardens, 000/529. A few exterior photographs of the property will be found in a collection of photographs of the French Rothschild family, 000/1586.

Estates: Château de Pregny, photographs, c.1880

000/1681, 1 item

Photograph of Chateau Pregny de Rothschild taken  by F.Charnaux, Geneva, c.1880

Estates: Château de Pregny, postcards, c.1900-1915

000/2037 and 000/2291, 2 items

Postcard of Château Pregny de Rothschild c.1900; photograph postcard of Château Pregny de Rothschild by Jullien frères Photo-editeurs, Geneve.

Estates: Château de Pregny, sundry modern papers, 2001

000/1478, 1 file

Papers concerning an event held at Pregny, 13-16 September 2001, to support and showcase the work of conservators: Objets précieux, objets curieux, matériaux rares et métiers rares.  Held under the auspices of the Maurice et Noémie de Rothschild Fondation pour l'Art. The catalogue includes forewords by Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild.