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Torenlaan 8

I don’t remember where I found it, but I have a photo or scan of a hand written letter of Farwerck in which he asks the local government permission for the expansion of Torenlaan No. 8 where he lives.

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Emmastraat 56, J.A. Alberdingk Thijm school

Some more about the school that moved in next door of the family Farwerck and eventually ate up the villa itself.

In 1912 Farwerck senior bought villa Caecilia at an auction. At least, it’s almost certain that he was the winner of the auction, otherwise he should have bought it from the winner immediately after. The address was Emmastraat 58. The family seems to have moved in in 1915. Franz Farwerck would follow in 1916.

In 1878 the second owners of the villa built stables with living facilities. This building got as address Emmastraat 60. At the other side of Caecilia, there was another villa.

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Emmastraat 60

A closer look into the garden house.

In 1878 Villa Caecila got permission to build a coach house with stables. I now notice that the newspaper says “with living facilities”. The 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.

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Digging into Farwerck’s final years

Earlier I wrote about Farwerck’s house where he no longer lived when he died. Did he move in with the widow of his brother and her son at Wernerlaan 41 which is close to where he lived himself? Or did he move somewhere else?

And what did he do with all his possessions, such as his massive library? When you’ve lived in a villa for decades, you’re bound to have a lot of possessions. You don’t just add that to the belongings of the person whose house you move into? But then, Farwerck’s library was only auctioned two years after he passed away, so where was that library between 1967 and 1971 and when, how and to whom was it sold?

These questions remain open, but looking for answers did make me have to rewrite my text about the house Caecilia and add another one about the Wernerlaan. Click on the links above.

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.

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What happened to Farwerck’s library?

Something occurred to me. In my text about Farwerck’s house, I mention that the neighbouring school bought Farwerck’s house in 1967. He only passed away in 1969, so he had to move elsewhere. This elsewhere appears to have been a house close to his garden.

When Farwerck passed away, the main contact address was Wernerlaan 41 (see obituary) and his brother’s widow and one of their sons as main contact. Does that mean that Farwerck lived there? Mentioned separately, but also living in Hilversum are Willy Farwerck’s son K.J. Farwerck and his wife Th.W.C. Farwerck-Hoolboom. Hoolboom was involved in some of Farwerck’s activities (Thule and Nehalennia).

Could Farwerck have moved in with the widow of his brother or with a son of his brother? Johanna Farwerck certainly did handle things after Farwerck’s passing. It is her address on the obituary. A “Mrs. Farwerck” living at that very address was also the person who offered Farwerck’s books at an auction in May 1971.

It must have been quite an ordeal to move the contents of a villa into a another house in which other people already lived. The house was not likely to be very empty.

How big would the library have been anyway. In 1945 the Gestapo raided Farwerck’s house and took 800 out of 1200 books with them according to the police report that Farwerck filed. He may not have had to miss them long. The Nazis stored the goods they confiscated and during the liberation both the Russian and the Americans on their turn confiscated these goods. The Russians returned the archives in the 1980’ies. In one such box I found Farwerck’s date of initiation.
Online a list can be found of the Offenbach archival depot which were taken by the Americans. This list (1, 2) contains Farwerck’s books (and those of the Theosophical Society which may be interesting to see). I don’t know if these goods were immediately returned or if they were returned later or not at all.

Therefor it is hard to say how big the library would have been in 1967 when the house was sold. Of course he would have had again two decades to buy new ones. Or to sell them… Only 187 of his books were sold at the mentioned auction.

Why and how did the family decide to get rid off the library three years after Farwerck’s passing? Money problems? Making room? Perhaps the library has been stored boxed up at the attic all this time? The auction listed 1526 items, only 187 were Farwerck’s, but I own books with Farwerck ex-libris which are not on the list. These could have been sold earlier (1967 for example) or were not special enough for the auction and sold through other channels

Emmastraat 58, Caecilia

Both Franz and his brother Willy were born in Amsterdam. In 1914 a part of the family moved to the Emmastraat 58 in Hilversum. Franz only moved there in 1916 after having lived in Rotterdam for a few years. Once in Hilversum, Farwerck had lived at the Emmastraat until he died. Or so I thought!

Nowadays there is no Emmastraat 58, the house is gone.

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