Art de vivre and knowledge sharing: the Rothschild legacy

The 19th century was almost at an end when Baron James Edouard de Rothschild fell in love with the site of Les Fontaines, a vast romantic garden north of Paris. He then initiated work on the château.

The Château
The Chateau in the time of the Rothschilds

The Rothschild family, who had a passion for building, created what is known today as the "Rothschild taste", residences with clever mixes of Renaissance and Victorian styles. The Château du Campus, for example, combines a neo-Louis XIII style façade, neo-Gothic turrets reminiscent of the architecture of the buildings on the Place des Vosges in Paris, and a Victorian influence with bow-windows, windows arranged in an arched bay. A small regional touch, echoing the infatuation of Parisian high society with Norman seaside resorts at the end of the 19th century, the Norman Farm - a charming half-timbered residence inspired by the villas of Deauville, adds a bucolic touch to the heart of the park and delights visitors who come here to work or have lunch during their professional events.

Builders...but also patrons

The Baroness de Rothschild, completing the work on the château after the death of her husband, devoted her life to good works by creating a hospital, schools and social services in Gouvieux, then bequeathed the Fountains estate to her son Henri.
He inherited the two passions of his parents: medicine and old books. He co-founded the League against Cancer and opened a library in Gouvieux, while cherishing the one patiently built by his father. 150 years after the birth of the castle, the Campus des Fontaines continues the work of the Rothschild family. By focusing on the sharing of knowledge and learning, and by having a civic commitment, particularly in favor of the environment, it keeps alive the soul and the original vocation of the site to which it seemed predestined.