19 Avenue Foch, Paris, 16th Arrondisement
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Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild
Baroness (Charlotte) Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, died without children
In the year after the Duke's death (1897), it was purchased by Maurice Ephrussi and his wife Beatrice de Rothschild. Beatrice spent much of her childhood at the sprawling Château de Ferrières and some of the statuary still seen in the gardens here today once adorned its extensive gardens. She divorced her husband in 1904 and these days is best remembered for the home she then built on the Cote d'Azur, the Villa Ephrussi-Rothschild. She died in 1934, leaving her Paris home to her nephew, Édouard de Rothschild, but all of her art collection in all her houses went to the Académie des Beaux-Arts to be put on display for the public at her beloved villa in the south of France.
Édouard de Rothschild had barely moved in before the Nazis swept across France and occupied Paris. He and his wife, Germaine, retreated to the Château de Ferrières but eventually were forced to flee the country in 1940. Their home on the Avenue Foch was one of several to be requisitioned by the Gestapo and the once fashionable enclave became known as the "Avenue Bosch" or "Avenue de la Gestapo". Today, the house is the only surviving example of the houses that once lined the avenue in the architectural style of Napoleon III (Second Empire). It remained in the Rothschild family until 1979. Since then, it has been restored and serves as the official residence of the Ambassador of Angola.
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