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  • Villa Esche - Chemnitz
      Villa Esche
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  • Dining room - Chemnitz
      Dining room
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  • Mr. Esche's desk and chair - Chemnitz
      Mr. Esche's desk and chair
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  • Bathroom furniture - This was the 60 sqm bathroom! - Chemnitz
      Bathroom furniture - This was the 60 sqm bathroom!
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  • Garden and garage building (left) - Chemnitz
      Garden and garage building (left)
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Villa Esche is the most remarkable among the many examples of art nouveau architecture in Chemnitz. It is the first building the Belgian architect Henry van de Velde designed in Germany. The owners, the Esche family, owners of a prospering textile factory, were close friends with the architect. In their apartment they already had furniture designed by him. When they decided to build their own villa in the suburbs they asked their friend to provide the plans.

Henry van de Velde designed the whole house, architecture and interiors, furniture and bathroom equipment and even china and cutlery. The villa is a total work of art.

The interiors are not preserved in their original state, though. The rooms on the ground floor are fully furnitured the way they were while the rooms on the upper floor contain a museum presentation with pieces of van de Velde's furniture and household items.

If you visit, plan enough time. The nice ladies who stand guard are in theory not supposed to do anything but stand guard and unlock doors for you, but they all know a whole lot about the villa, the family, and the pieces on display and will more than happily shower you with information and give you an extensive guided tour.

The gardens around the villa are also worth a walk. The garage building in the back, also van de Velde's design, now hosts an upscale restaurant (which I haven't visited).

How to get there: take tram 4, direction "Hutholz", get off at "Haydnstraße", then a short walk downhill, signposted.
Opening hours: Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10.00-18.00
Entry is not free any more, the entrance free is 4 ?. Photography is allowed for free but no flash please.

Address: Parkstraße 58
Website: http://www.villaesche.de/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 5, 2011
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