Château de Malmaison
Location: Rueil-Malmaison, in the Hauts-de-Seine departement of France (Ile-de-France Region).
Built: 17th century.
Condition: In good condition.
Ownership / Access: State property.
ISMH Reference Number: PA00088170
Notes: Château de Malmaison is located in the town of Rueil-Malmaison in the department of Hauts-de-Seine.The building evolves into a small castle unadorned and unpretentious during the eighteenth century. It is then for Jacques-Jean Le Molay Couteulx, a wealthy banker, who also owns a mansion in Le Molay-Littry near Bayeux. The castle entered history of France during the Directoire, when Joséphine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, buys 21 April 1799, for the sum of 325 000 francs at the time, to the Couteulx Molay on the advice of Jean Chanorier. We think it is Ouvrard who finance this purchase. Bonaparte will resume his account after the coup of Brumaire, probably with funds from the first Italian campaign. Napoleon asked his architects Percier and Fontaine renovate and redecorate the building to date. On this occasion, Pierre Fontaine designs a large project to rebuild the castle, that ambition will be constrained by the emperor, preferring a simple renovation. The castle even the heart of the French government (with the Tuileries) during the Consulate and Napoleon stayed there regularly until 1804 before choosing the chateau of St. Cloud more worthy of his new rank. However, it will be up to her divorce with Josephine in 1809.
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