Located in Topčidersko Brdo (the Topčider Hill) in Belgrade, King Peter I, House is 100 years old villa converted into a modern center of a culture where many cultural events are held – including concerts, exhibitions, fashion shows, conferences, and educational workshops, etc.
King Peter, I House also known as Villa Pavlović or White Villa was built in 1896 by a rich merchant Djordje Pavlović on the Topčider Hill surrounded by prolific vineyards and lush greenery. The two-story villa was built in the Neo-Renaissance style with Baroque elements and it represents a classical example of a villa and a summer-house erected in the periphery of the city.
Djordje Pavlović’s family lived in the house for two decades and in 1919 ranted the house to Court administration who was looking for an appropriate house in which the King Petar I Karađorđević was supposed to live since the Old Court was damaged in World War I and it was unsuitable for living. At the time of moving into the mansion on Topčidersko Brdo, Petar I Karađorđević formally was not the king of Serbia, that is, of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, since he signed his abdication on 11 March 1919. King Petar lived a very modest and quiet life in the rented mansion that he paid for from his own funds.
King Petar I Karađorđević died on 16 August 1921. The Government issued the public statement for the citizens of the Kingdom of SCS the same evening: “Our whole nation, irrespective of difference in name and religion, will remain profoundly grateful to the Great King whose reign of a rigorously constitutional and parliamentary monarchy has provided for popular liberties, thereby creating the opportunity for the full development of the people’s strength to achieve the great national goals and tasks”.
Later in the year 1925, the Ministry of Culture purchased the building and initiated efforts to convert it into a museum which sadly never came to fruition. After WWII protected residents moved into the building and sadly due to their neglect many of the valuable items from the royal legacy have been destroyed. This includes everything from valuable art items to even the sanitary items from the building. Only a small number of items remains preserved in the Museum of History and the Karadjordjevic family home in Oplenac. After decades of neglect and carelessness, at the beginning of the new millennia, the villa was restored and finally, it became the memorial house dedicated to a monarch who was known among people by his nickname, to King Petar I Karadjordjević.