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The Villa Huegel

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The Villa Hügel, situated in the Essen district of Bredeney, was built in 1873 by Alfred Krupp and is the former residence and representative house of the industrialist family Krupp.
The Villa has 269 rooms, 8.100 m² residential and utility area and is situated in a 28 hectare park at a prominent place above the Ruhr Valley and the Baldeney Lake.Picture Copyright: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Villa_H%C3%BCgel_Front.jpg Raimond Spekking

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History
The whole house was originally built with non-flammable material that meant stone, steel and glass as Krupp was afraid of fire. The villa's interior decoration was completely renewed in the style of the time after his death. Now only the facility's side areas are still recognisable (staircases, servant quarters, handrails). The facility consists of a smaller building as well as the main house, which are connected via a long section of library and ballroom. The villa Hügel was at the time of construction considered a show-and-tell object of technical progress also because Alfred Krupp was personally involved in the modern technique planning. The building phase wore out several architects due to the owner's stubbornness.
Part of the originally facility was a complete farm, which was situated in front of the adjacent house to guarantee self-sufficiency but it was pulled down relatively fast as it upset the representative overall picture.
Part of the extended building ensemble of Villa Hügel is the Parkhaus Hügel, which houses a das restaurant and the train station Hügel half way up the slope to the Baldeney Lake. In 1894 a playhouse was constructed for the Krupp daughters Bertha and Barbara. The half-timbered house is called 'Spatzenhaus'.Picture Copyright: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Villa_H%C3%BCgel_erster_Stock.jpg Raimond Spekking

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The building of the villa Hügel is at the same time a testimony of nouveau riche hybrids. Century-old glass paintings have been inserted into the staircase windows of the annexe that Krupp had bought earlier. Bei der Anlage des riesigen Parks ließ Alfred Krupp chose to plant fully-grown trees in the enormous park to be able to enjoy the 'final state' while still alive. Dead trees were replaced unceremoniously with 'new old ones'; the consequence was that the villa Hügel's tree population is considerably older than the premises itself. The park consists of altogether 23 hectare and has hardly been changed since 1914.
Important art exhibitions have been taking place regularly at the main house since 1953. The annexe contains a permanent collection about the family and company history. Park and buildings can be visited provided there are no exhibitions or special events by the Krupp-Stiftung.
See also: List of destinations and landmarks at the Ruhr area, lists of castles and manors at the Ruhr areaPicture Copyright: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Villa_H%C3%BCgel_Konferenzraum.jpg Raimond Spekking This article is based on the article from http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_H%C3%BCgel the free Encyclopedia Wikipedia and is under  http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU-Lizenz_f%C3%BCr_freie_Dokumentation . In Wikipedia is a http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Villa_H%C3%BCgel&action=history available.
 

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