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.
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.