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Beethovenlaan 11

On the cover of ‘The symbol of death and rebirth’ (1953) you can see Beethovenlaan 11 as address for the publisher Thule. In most other cases the address is Farwerck’s Emmastraat 58. One other Thule book from the same year, also has Beethovenlaan. I also have a letter that Farwerck sent to a reader of Nehalennia on which he replaced the address Beethovenlaan by Emmastraat. More about that below. There are no issues of Nehalennia with Beethovenlaan as editorial address.

My guess was that somebody lived on Beethovenlaan 11 who cooperated with Farwerck. Years ago I wrote a text called “Who was mrs. Farwerck?” I found that name in combination with this address. Long searching made me conclude that “Mrs. Farwerck” had to be a daughter in law of Willy Farwerck. Now I find another ‘version’ of the “Mrs. Farwerck ad” which makes me doubt about that conclusion.

Here Beethovenlaan 11 is said to house four adults. This can never be K.J. Farwerck and Th.W.C. Hoolboom and their children, since the ad is from 1952 and the two only got married in 1958. The more logical conclusion is that the four adults are Franz Farwerck, Willy Farwerck, Johanna Farwerck-Borrius and Otto-Hans Farwerck. The latter is is the eldest son of the Farwerck-Borrius couple. Otto-Hans was born in 1922 so -indeed- an adult bij 1952. I know he lived on the same address as his parents more often. That must mean that Franz has spent some time on Beethovenlaan 11. Time to have a closer look at that house.

Left is Beethovenlaan 11 today. That is quite like the front view on a 1927 sketch of the house on the right. Contrary to the house where Farwerck spent most years, this house still exists. 1927 Is also the year that this villa was built together with the neighbouring villa (number 9) on the basis of one permit. It appears that before that, there was also a house with the same number.

Beethovenlaan and Emmastraat are not exactly in the same neighbourhood. The houses are/were located at either side of the city centre. Somewhere in between is Torenlaan 8 where Farwerck also lived for a while around 1921.

Beethovenlaan 11 was inhabited by a Dierkens, apparently a single man, at least for a while. Dierkens moved to another address in 1950 and the “Mrs. Farwerck” ad is of 1952. In 1960 a very similar ad was placed with similar wording. The application could be sent to a mrs. Heineke. My idea is that this is the maid that is said to be present in the 1952 ad.

The odd and very similar use of “flink” and “goed kunnende koken” is strikingly similar which makes a very strong suggestion that the “Mrs. Farwerck” of 1952 still lived at the Beethovenlaan 11 at the time (and that the ‘main maid’ was called Heineke). That would mean that Farwerck himself moved back to the Emmastraat and lived there until he sold the house to the neighbouring school, while “Mrs. Farwerck” remained at the Beethovenlaan.

The letter of Farwerck to a reader of Nehalennia is undated, but it appears to have been sent with the September 1959 issue. As you can see above, the address “Beethovenlaan 11” has been removed and replaced with Emmastraat 58. In 1959 Farwerck had Thule letterheads with Beethovenlaan 11 and late 1959 wanted to use his Emmastraat address again. This makes if fairly certain that he himself has lived at the Beethovenlaan, at least for a while.


Somewhere in or just after 1950 at least one Farwerck (“Mrs. Farwerck”) moved to Beethovenlaan 11 and in 1952 lived there with three other adults. These four are likely to be the family Willy Farwerck, Johanna Farwerck-Borrius and Otto-Hans Farwerck complemented with our very own Franz Eduard. By 1959 Franz no longer used Beethovenlaan 11 as address. Somewhat remarkable, all Nehalennias from the start (April 1956) up until the March 1960 issue have Emmastraat 58 as editorial address. After this it became Lorentzkade 31, Leiden, probably the address of one of the other editors.
Did Farwerck have old letterheads for more than three years? Did he use two addresses between 1956 and 1959? What could this say about where he lived?

There is something else to the story. Emmastraat 58 was bought by Farwerck sr. in 1912 and appears to have been in the hands of the Farwerck family until 1967. Franz himself says he lived at Torenlaan 8 in 1921 which is possible, as his father still lived at the time. Can he really have lived at Beethovenlaan 11 in 1952? Who lived at Emmastraat 58 at the time? His gardener and wife left after the war. Did he really move in with “Mrs. Farwerck”, did he just use her address? Was Johanna or Carl Wilhelm perhaps involved enough to act as correspondence address? Then again: who are the four adults?

I know that Franz’ brother and sister in law have lived with him at Emmastraat 58. It is very likely that Franz spent the last years of his life in Johanna’s house. It is not strange that the whole troupe have lived together somewhere else. It appears that by the time that the neighbouring school bought Villa Caecilia in 1967, widow Johanna Farwerck lived at Wernerlaan 41 and that Franz spent his last few years there too. But what happened to Emmastraat 58 when Franz supposedly also lived with Johanna and her husband. The fire was many years earlier (1940). Other reconstructions? If he left the house empty: why?

A few answers, but still many questions. There is the suggestion that Franz lived at Beethovenlaan 11 from somewhere after 1950 until somewhere before 1959. It would be nice to find out when Johanna moved to Wernerlaan 41. In 1964 when her husband died, the obituary has as main contact address Emmastraat 58. Did Johanna (and Otto-Hans) move in with Franz and did Franz on his turn move in with Johanna in 1967 at Wernerlaan 41? Maybe the future will bring new information.


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