Château de Laversine

Château de Laversine
General information
Client Gustave de Rothschild
Design and construction
Architect Alfred-Philibert Aldrophe

The Château de Laversine is a historic château in Saint-Maximin, Oise, France.


The grounds were acquired by Baron Gustave de Rothschild in 1874 on a former castle which was demolished in 1782.[1] Gustave hired Alfred-Philibert Aldrophe, an architect who designed many synagogues in Paris.[1]

It was inherited by his son, Robert de Rothschild, in 1912.[1] 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.[2] During World War I, he welcomed soldiers in the chateau.[1]

During World War II, the chateau was taken by the Nazis.[1] After the war, it was returned to the Rothschilds.[1]

Robert de Rothschild and his wife Nelly donated the chateau to establish a professional lycée for 400 boarders.[3] The left wing is home to the Maison d'enfants de Laversine Shatta-et-Bouli-Simon, a non-profit organization for at-risk youth.[4] Since January 2014, the organization has been affiliated with the Œuvre de secours aux enfants.[5]

However, due to lack of refurbishment, all residents had to move out of the chateau in 2006.[6]


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