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Wernerlaan 41

In my initial investigations into Emmastraat 58, the address where Farwerck lived most of his life, I had come to the temporary conclusion that the address on his obituary, Wernerlaan 41, where Johanna Farwerck-Borrius and one son lived at the time, might have been the former coach house. Looking further, this proved to be false.

Emmastraat 58 initially seems to have had a lot of ground, see the maps in the other article. Large enough for a coach house to be built in 1898. In that coach house, the family Farwerck housed its personnel and later two sons of Willy Farwerck and Johanna Farwerck-Borrius moved in. This coach house is sometimes listed as Emmastraat 58, sometimes as Emmastraat 60.

Just before the Farwerck family moved into the Emmastraat, new roads were laid and houses were build alongside it. The plot that came with the Emmastraat was probably suddenly much smaller. One of these new roads is Wernerlaan, so my guess was that this new road ran along the coach house which in the end got its own address.

Looking at this cadastral map from 1952 makes this very unlikely. If the green bit was Farwerck’s garden, Wernerlaan 41 would have been in either of the parcels below the left tip of the green parcel. That would mean that already in 1952, the parcel of Emmastraat 58 would have been cut up and it is likely that if there was a building that, it got its own address at that time.

Wernerlaan 41 was built as a double villa in 1919 (1), so this theory makes no sense. In 1920 there lived a miss Verschuijl at 41. In 1927 there lived a miss Lettinga who got married in 1948, still living at that address. (The photo is probably from after Farwerck’s passing).

Plot information of today has Wernerlaan 41 on a way different plot than 58. Noticeable by the way that 58 is listed (and 60 is not!).

I think we can safely say that Wernerlaan 41 can’t be the (new) address of the coach house.

Even though Wernerlaan 41 / 43 is a double house, they are described as “large villas”. Current prices are pretty high. Number 41 has a fairly large garden as you can see above.

What I now need to find is when Johanna and her son moved to the Wernerlaan. My guess is, when the school bought the villa in 1967, or perhaps a bit earlier anticipating the sale of the villa. Also, did Farwerck move in there too to spend his last years? Would the house have been financed by the raising of the villa? Interestingly, in 1967 a separate building for bicycles and storage was added while there were already two wooden sheds from 1920 and a garage / storage from 1963. Storage for Farwerck’s stuff?Enlargement so that the three of them would have enough space when they moved in? Or would the trio have moved all at the same time?

I have not yet found out who bought the house and when. A fact is that in October 1963 there lived someone with a different name, so the house was bought after that. Another fact, when Farwerck died, Wernerlaan 41 was listed as the contact address, Johanna and Otto Hans presumably lived there. In 1971 a “Mrs. Farwerck” with this very address offered Franz’ book to be auctioned.

It is quite likely that Farwerck moved there. Two months before he passed away, he sent another letter to Le Droit Humain requesting to be able to join again. The head of the letter looks like this:

So he used the address himself too.

It also seems that Johanna was the one taking care of things after he passed away. Farwerck was pushing 80 by the time the villa had to be sold, Johanna was just in the second half of her 60’ies. Farwerck did find himself fit enough to join the organisation that he had led for years as well. Also, Johanna and Willy Farwerck have lived (on and off) for many years with Franz in the villa (and/or the garden house), so it wouldn’t be that odd if the party stayed together until one after the other started to pass on.

The letterhead makes a good case for the address of Farwerck’s final years.

(1) ‘t (accessed 24/02/2021


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