Château de Laversine
|Château de Laversine|
|Client||Gustave de Rothschild|
|Design and construction|
The grounds were acquired by Baron Gustave de Rothschild in 1874 on a former castle which was demolished in 1782. Gustave hired Alfred-Philibert Aldrophe, an architect who designed many synagogues in Paris.
It was inherited by his son, Robert de Rothschild, in 1912. A polo player, he turned the grounds into a private polo club. For example, in 1913, Red Devils team (Count Jean Pastré, Captain J. Jaubert, F. Egan, E. Targett) played in the Laversine Open Polo Cup on the grounds of the chateau. During World War I, he welcomed soldiers in the chateau.
Robert de Rothschild and his wife Nelly donated the chateau to establish a professional lycée for 400 boarders. The left wing is home to the Maison d'enfants de Laversine Shatta-et-Bouli-Simon, a non-profit organization for at-risk youth. Since January 2014, the organization has been affiliated with the Œuvre de secours aux enfants.
- CHÂTEAU DE LAVERSINE: LAVERSINE, CHÂTEAU REFUGE ET LYCÉE..., L'Encyclopedie Picarde
- Laversine Autumn Season, London Standard, October 17, 1913, p. 10
- Lycee Professionel Donation Robert & Nelly de Rothschild
- Œuvre de secours aux enfants: Maison d'enfants de Laversine
- Victor Fortunato, Les lycéens vont devoir abandonner leur château, Le Parisien, September 27, 2006