Château de Malmaison

Château de Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine

Bought in 1799 and renovated by Empress Joséphine (1763-1814), then wife of Emperor Napoléon I (1769-1821), of France. Along with the Tuileries Palace it was the headquarters of the French government from 1800 to 1802 and Napoleon's last residence in France before he was exiled to Elba. His bedroom suite was copied identically for Frank Woolworth at his country estate, Winfield Hall. Woolworth believed he was Napoleon's reincarnation and even slept in the same bed that Napoleon had made for Malmaison. The chateau was later purchased by philanthropist Edward Tuck (1842-1938) as his summer residence, having served as the American Vice-Consul at Paris. Today, it is open to the public as a museum to Napoleon and among the magnificent art collection is the original "Napoleon Crossing the Alps" that his brother had taken to America where it hung in the Billiard Room at Point Breeze in New Jersey.

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Contributed by Mark Meredith on 10/10/2018 and last updated on 12/10/2020.


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