Emmastraat 60

A closer look into the garden house.

In 1878 Villa Caecila got permission to build stables and a porch. I now notice that the newspaper says “with living facilities”. he main building was from 1875. Early 1875 the house was sold and in November of the same year the stables were added.

As we saw, when the family Farwerck bought the villa in 1912, they also got the stables (quite logically too). The personnel was then housed in these stables / extra house. Since I have seen the address Emmastraat 60 a few times, I was curious if the address would indeed be that house.

This is ad advertisement from 1915 in which the address is mentioned, the oldest mention of the address that I have found so far.

That is less than two decades after the house was built. This made me think. In 1910 there already was the Hollandselaan and Wernerlaan running behind the garden of the villa (see below). The fact that the address is Emmastraat has to mean that it was closer to that street than to the back of the garden. The school that ‘ate up’ the Farwerck villa is numbered 56, so the garden house was most likely on the other side of the villa (or at least its entrance). It must have been quite close to where the street became the Utrechtsebaan, the road at the bottom right running straight down. The other part of the fork is the continuing Emmastraat.

So did Rieka Leeflang have anything to do with the family Farwerck, is Emmastraat 60 not the garden house or is something else going on?

Here we can see that Emmastraat 60 surely was the garden house.

Viereke was the gardener and chauffeur of the family Farwerck until 1943, that is certain. He is here listed as living at Emmastraat 60. The conclusion must be that Emmastraat 60 is the garden house. Perhaps Leeflang was also Farwerck personnel.

In 1943 Carl Wilhelm Farwerck, Johanna Farwerck-Borrius and their sons moved from Amsterdam to Hilversum. The personnel had to leave. Willy and Johanna moved into the main house, two sons (21 and 18 years of age) into the garden house. In 1950 Kees Jan Farwerck (the youngest, born 1930) lived at that address. If his brothers also still lived there I have yet to find out.

In 1963 Willy Farwerk passes away and the announcement has the widow and the eldest son listed first with Emmastraat 58 as address.

At that time, Franz still lived at Emmastraat 58. If this means that Johanna and son lived in the main house too, I don’t know, but that they lived either there or at number 60 seems likely. This is something I have to find out somehow, because what is clear is that four years later, Johanna and son lived at Wernerlaan 41.

This was very close to Emmastraat 58 / 60, so close even, that for a while I thought it was a new address for the garden house. That can’t be the case, because the address Wernerlaan 41 already existed in 1920.

What does remain an interesting question, is is the move was forced by neighbouring school buying the villa for the expansion plans. I have found no mention that it did, but as we saw, in 1912 the family Fawerck bought the villa and housed the personnel in the coach house. Apparently both addresses were part of the same buy. Perhaps the same was true when the school bought the villa.


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