Timeline of la Muette



Henri II uses a hunting lodge in the Bois de Boulogne called la Meute for royal hunting parties.


Charles IX builds or enlarges la Meute, turning it into a small château. He gives la Meute to his sister, Marguerite de Valois, on the occasion of her marriage to Henry of Navarre (Henri IV).


The Regent, Philip d’Orléans, acquires la Muette for his daughter, Marie-Louise-Elizabeth, Duchess of Berry, in exchange for the Château of Madrid, also located in the Bois de Boulogne.


Louis XV hires the architects Gabriel, father and son, to remodel la Muette. The château is flanked by two large wings and a series of outbuildings.


Marie Antoinette arrives at la Muette to await her marriage to Louis XVI at Versailles.


Louis XVI inherits la Muette as a royal domain. On this occasion, the Edict of la Muette is issued from the château (the renunciation of the “Don de joyeux avènement”).


21 November: taking off from the gardens of la Muette, Pilâtre de Rozier, accompanied by the Marquis d’Arlandes, makes the first manned « Montgolfière » balloon ascent over Paris.


The main château and some of the outbuildings and gardens are sold off. The two wings of the old château are separated and transformed into separate properties.


Sebastian Érard purchases one of the two separate wings of la Muette, as well as much of the remaining gardens.


Pierre Érard, Sebastien’s nephew, inherits la Muette. He sells off his uncle’s painting collection and rents la Muette to Dr. Jules Guérin, who turns the pavilion into an orthopaedic hospital.


Pierre Érard buys part of the former royal gardens and the old château wing called la Petite Muette.


During the Siege of Paris, la Muette is used as military headquarters by the Vice-Admiral Fleuriot de Lange.


During the Commune, la Muette is used as military headquarters for Generals Clinchant, Douay and Ladmiraut; Communards are massacred in the gardens of the château after the events of May.


Marie Schaeffer (Érard) de Franqueville inherits la Muette.


The property passes to Madame de Franqueville’s husband, the Count de Franqueville, and his children.


The Count de Franqueville continues to sell portions of the remaining garden to developers. Baron Henri de Rothschild acquires a plot measuring 22 000 m2 to build a château and surrounding park.


The Count de Franqueville dies; the Château de la Muette and its remaining park are sold off and demolished. The last remnants disappear in 1926.


Henri de Rothschild finishes construction of the present Château.


According to the Baron’s son, Henri de Rothschild moves to Lisbon, Portugal where he lives throughout the war, never again to live at la Muette.


The Rothschilds lose their French nationality; their possessions confiscated. La Muette sits empty.


Baron Henri de Rothschild dies in October, without having recovered the majority of his possessions confiscated during the war.


The Baron’s three children sell the property at 2, rue André-Pascal to the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC).


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was officially born on 30 September 1961, when the Convention entered into force.


Renovation of the OECD site. Creation of the OECD Conference Centre.