St. Gingolph, Maison de Rivaz, à gauche, Photo/Foto: TES.

House of Rivaz St. Gingolph

Charles-Joseph de Rivaz (1713-1759), an aristocrat from Valais, built this house (Maison de Rivaz) in 1754 next to the castle from 1588. Charles acquired (shared) ownership of the castle in 1749.  His son, Charles-Emannuel (1753-1830) bought the castle in full ownership in 1826 from Augustin de Rietmatten. At this time, the house and castle were still in a garden without the present surrounding buildings.

In 1837, the municipality of St. Gingolph took over the complex of the house and castle. Today, in this border town, the complex houses the town hall and museum of the traditions and barques of Lake Geneva (Musée des Traditions et des Barques du Léman). The fascinating history of the canton of Valais will soon follow under Local History. Patrick Elsig ( La construction de la Maison de Rivaz,à Saint-Gingolph (1751-1754), describes in detail the construction of Maison de Rivaz during the period 1751-1754.