New edition of USE-IT Brno map

The new edition of USE-IT Brno maps is here and it also includes the Löw-Beer Villa as a point of interest number 44 named Villa 1.0. The map mentions a short history of the Villa, points out free entry to the garden and commends our café.

USE-IT maps are non-commercial, made by young locals. They are always free and up-to-date. Nowadays, these maps provide information for young travellers in almost 40 European cities – and one of them is Brno.

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Whole world walks on Fuhrmann carpets

The Celnice Gallery will, since September 7, 2018, host a new exhibition called "The Textile Company Moriz Fuhrmann 1918–1948". Come to get acquainted with the fate of the family of Moriz Fuhrmann, the builder of  villa at Drobného 22, which today bears the name of Löw-Beer family.

The exhibition will be dedicated to the textile company Moriz Fuhrmann in the context of years 1918, 1938 and 1948. It will present the history of this carpets and plush producing company and will outline the challenges that German Jewish entrepreneurs had to face after the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic.

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To gardens! Discover stories of gardens and parks

Stories of gardens and parks of the South Moravia Region, the Highlands Region and Lower Austria maps the GrünRaum project, which runs from September 2016 under the program INTERREG V-A Austria-Czech Republic. The main goal of the project is to increase the interest of visitors to the cultural and natural wealth of green spaces.

This year, the DoZahrad website was launched and the The Green Riches of South Moravia, the Highlands Region and Lower Austria map has been published, where you can also find the garden of the Löw-Beer Villa in Brno. You can visit our garden for free all year – in summer from 10 am to 8 pm, in winter from 10 am to 6 pm.

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History of the Villa

The property at No. 22 Drobného Street (the former Sadová – Parkstrasse) consisted in the 19th century of two building plots with garden houses and two sites occupied by a vineyard and a garden.

In 1903 the property was bought by manufacturer Moriz Fuhrmann (1852-1910), who had a house built there. According to the community bulletin for the provincial capital of Brno, there were four flats situated in the two-storey house, comprising 14 rooms and 7 cabinets, 3 kitchens, 2 bathrooms and 6 toilets. The street and garden fronts are decorated with Art Nouveau vegetable stucco decorations and, in the lower part, with rustication strips. Similar decorations are used on the walls and ceilings indoors, including timber elements. Also ceramic floor tiles and the cast iron handrails of the staircase are decorated with Art Nouveau floral patterns. The author of the design was the Viennese architect Alexander Neumann (1861-1947).

After Fuhrmann's death, in August 1913 his heirs sold the house to the textile entrepreneur Alfred Löw-Beer (1872-1939) for 290 thousand crowns. The new owner had the house partially adapted in the 1930s (particularly the space of the central staircase hall). The adaptation was designed by the Viennese architect Rudolf Baumfeld (1903-1988).

In 1940 the house was confiscated by the Germans for the needs of the secret state police (Gestapo). In 1946 the building was put under national administration and in 1954 it was placed under the ownership of the Czechoslovak state. From 1962-2012 the villa was used as a hall of residence.

Now the Löw-Beer Villa is in the ownership of South Moravian Region and administered by the Museum of the Brno Region, contributory organization.

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