Chateau Ephemere, Carrieres-sous-Poissy

  • Also Known As: Chateau Saint-Louis-de-Poissy
  • Also Known As: Chateau Vanderbilt

  • Address: 2 Chemin des Grandes Terres
  • Vicinity: 470 Ave W K Vanderbilt
  • Type: Mansion
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Chateau Ephemere was built for American millionaires William and Anne Vanderbilt as a residence while pursuing their passion for thoroughbred racing. Designed by Henri Guillaume, French workers were happy when the Vanderbilts created hundreds of jobs and provided a school, but were amazed when Vanderbilts supplied temporary wooden structures to protect them from rough weather during construction. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1882/00/00 Wine merchant Monsieur Lemercier land to develop horse-racing facilities. After his venture fails, he will sell the grounds to the Hennessy family of cognac fame.
1885/00/00 Edmond Blanc Owner Edmond Blanc buys the Hennessy horse facilities. He will sell the estate to William and Anne Vanderbilt in 1906.
1905/00/00 Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, visits Chateau Vanderbilt. "Mr Vanderbilt said to me, I think you'll get more pleasure out of a free run of my stables than out of a free run of my house."
1905/00/00 William K Vanderbilt Home The the stables are rebuilt for 150-horses and a stone water tower is erected on the banks of the River Seine for William Vanderbilt.
1905/00/00 Anne Rutherfurd Vanderbilt Home Designed by Henri Guillaume, Chateau Saint-Louis-de-Poissy is built for William and Anne Vanderbilt.
1918/00/00 Laura Harkness Macomber Home Abraham K Macomber and his wife, Myrtle Harkness, buy Chateau Vanderbilt and build a wing onto the mansion.
1930/00/00 Laura Harkness Macomber Owner A Kingsley and Myrtle Macomber close their horse breeding operations at Carrieres-sous-Poissy. The chateau will eventually be abandoned and the tracks and stables reclaimed for agricultural purposes.

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Particulars for Chateau Ephemere, Carrieres-sous-Poissy:
Area of Significance Architecture
Sight Category Building
Sport Horse Racing
Building Type Mansion
Historic Use Single dwelling
Area of Significance Sports

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