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Villa in the Park ~ Adele von Dietel
A connection to family ~
Finding this connection to my family genealogy was an exciting two fold find. This story is the connection of a Villa and Park named Von-Dietel'scher-Park. The other story is a continuation about the famed Vogue "Photographer Adolph de Meyer" who was the son of one of the owners that purchased land and buildings for the Dietel'scher-Park... All leads back to my direct Meyer family's name.
Let's see if I can keep everything and everyone straight...
A Thank You goes to B.Vogt the contact, for finding a connection to Adele von Dietel and photographs.
The connection of names and the confusion
I'll start with the explanation of these family names, the ties they have with each other and to this story.
When I wrote my last story about Adolph de Meyer, I found the marriage of two Meyer brothers to Adele Watson (my great grandmother) who was de Meyer's mother. Adele's first husband was Ludwig Carl Meyer (my great grandfather, their son Ludwig Adolph v.Meyer was my grandfather). Ludwig Carl died at an early age and Adele then married his brother Adolph Louis Meyer!
I started to wonder how this other Adele (born Müller) von Dietel fit in. As it turned out, Adele Müller's mother was Auguste (born Meyer) Müller, the sister to my great grandfather Ludwig Carl Meyer.
If you're confused, just think of my headache writing this. It's hard to keep repeated names in a family straight...take a look at the chart below, it's a lot easier.
Bottom line, the daughter Adele nee Müller and A.W.von Dietel family line is attributed to the building of the Villa and Park. A community of improvement...I like that!
the chart made by B.Vogt.
Keep up with me...and Yes, a chart to help out
Manor House purchase
My great grandparents Adele & Ludwig Carl Meyer still lived in Paris when they purchased the Manor House, most likely it was their first purchase in that town. This followed by many other land purchases, including the land where the Park and Villa are now ...
I'm not positive, but I believe they lived in this house for a while and that it had belonged to the Church down the street to house the Ministers at one time...I'm still working on the validity of the story.
Information from the record office in Dresden shows first ownership by the Meyer's of the farmland and farms in Oberliederbach.
Seems that they had purchased land and property since Nov 1863 to Jun 1898. This included two story Houses, Farmhouses, Farmland, Barns, Gardens, Meadows, a Mill plus over 225 acres and land sites to build on,
Built by Viennese architect Karl Seidl
Villa von Dietel was built In 1911-1912 by Viennese architect Karl Seidl for Adele and Dr. jur. Alwein Woldemar von Dietel. The style is predominantly High Italian Renaissance, and the artistically complex interior has highly valued materials.
Newspaper articles I have read questioned the involvement and ownership of this Villa and Park by the von Dietel's for years, questioning if in fact she was the granddaughter of Ludwig Meyer.
Events of occupancy and ownership
What happened to the von Dietel Villa and it's occupancy during 1930 -1940's? From 1942 the building was first confiscated by a formation of the Nazi party (NSDAP) and then bought for the education of young people in the Nazi movement.
Then 1946 the Evangelical (Lutheran) Relief & Works Agency was in charge, there they lived with displaced families. From 1949 to 1953 a place for displaced local youth, and eventually returning soldiers. The last heir of the Villa, sold the farm, the mill and Park in the 1950s. By the year 1962 the Villa stood empty and then again changing hands, even to another name. I understand that it was or is now occupied by the Chinese General Consul.
Villa von Dietel - newspaper photos Oberliederbach & Frankfurt over the yearsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Siesmayer Gardens written by Barbara Vogt
The Park ownership
a breakdown ~
Adele Meyer and Ludwig Carl Meyer sold to his sister Auguste Müller (Meyer) the Park, with a large Farm and Farmland, including the Manor House...From a mother's love, Auguste gave the land as a wedding gift to her daughter Adele Müller who married Alwin Woldemar von Dietel...they in turn built this impressive Villa and Park.
I believe one of Adele von Dietel's son's inherited the properties. Becoming the owner, he then sold it or had it occupied by several others.
The Park has been greatly enjoyed and appreciated by the Oberliederbach citizens ...They call it the Von-Dietel'scher-Park.
Interestingly enough it was newly discovered that this Park was actually designed by a famed garden designer of the 19th century "Heinrich Siesmayer (1817-1900)"
Von-Dietel'scher-ParkClick thumbnail to view full-size
Even though there is a mistake on this stand, it doesn't take away the recognition to Adele von Dietel...Luckily the Villa and Park are under Historical conservation.
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Grave site for Adele von Dietel
These photos were sent to me to show that the grave site for Adele von Dietel still exists. Also on the headstone is mentions her son Gert von Dietel...I believe she also had another son named Hans.
Below: Grave photos...Personal Image - Delia Pacheco all rights reserved (C)
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