Even bequeathed to the Swiss state, the Rothschild castle remains private

SEEN FROM ELSEWHERE – The family of the baron, who died abruptly on Friday January 15, remains the usufructuary of the Pregny estate, offered to the Canton in 1957.

By Marc Moulin (La Tribune de Genève)

After the untimely death of Benjamin de Rothschild, the family castle of Pregny – where the baron expired on Friday January 15, 2021 – is not about to open to the public, although it has been bequeathed to the state there is over sixty years old. The banker’s death, brutally swept away at 57 by a heart attack, does not call into question the usufruct enjoyed by his widow and his mother.

It was in 1957 that Maurice, grandfather of the late Benjamin, bequeathed his estate to the Canton by will, while maintaining a usufruct for the benefit of his son. “The prestigious collections contained in the castle are not part of the bequest”, report it Geneva Journal of September 13, 1957, one week after the donor’s disappearance. “On the other hand, a large sum is intended for the maintenance of the house and the park.” And the daily life of greeting a “Princely gesture”, common in the family, and to express “Recognition of the entire population”.

Extended usufruct

A population which, in sixty-three

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