Julius Heinrich Friedrich Wurmbach jr.

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Julius Heinrich Friedrich Wurmbach jr. (* May 19, 1860 in Lohe, today in Hilchenbach , Siegerland; † October 1926 in Berlin-Dahlem ) was a German manufacturer and local politician in Frankfurt am Main .


His father was Julius Wurmbach , royal Prussian councilor and manufacturer, and his mother was Charlotte Meinhard (born January 3, 1839 in Siegen ; † May 1, 1878 in Bockenheim ).

Wurmbach's father was already involved in the Nieverner Hütte near Bad Ems from 1861 to 1871 with a large equity and was also involved in management there. In 1871 he sold his stake. In 1872 he founded the iron foundry, stove and stove factory Julius Wurmbach in Bockenheim, incorporated from 1895 and thus part of Frankfurt am Main. The stoves are now traded as antiquarian. The factory also supplied heavy pans and kettles for chemical factories. It later traded as Bockenheimer Eisengießerei und Maschinenfabrik GmbH , Solmsstrasse 83.


Since 2004 official residence and residence of the Federal President: The Villa Wurmbach in Berlin

On May 22, 1909, at the age of 49, he married the widow Wally Ernestine Clare Mügelin, 13 years his junior in Berlin (born July 7, 1873 in Posen, widowed Oberlt. Pfitzner).

In Schmargendorf , in the southwest of Berlin, he had the Villa Wurmbach built by the Berlin architect Richard Walter at Pücklerstraße 14 in 1912 in the reform style of the time, inspired by British country house architecture.

The First World War and the German inflation from 1914 to 1923 led to major economic losses for his inherited company in Frankfurt-Bockenheim, and thus also for him. In October 1926 shot Wurmsbach in his villa at first a close relative and committed then to economic hardship suicide .

The following owners were the Jewish artificial pearl producer Hugo Heymann (1881–1938), who in 1933, shortly after the Nazis seized power, sold the villa to the Nazi-affine publisher Waldemar Gerber (1888–1968). After the Second World War , AEG manager Hans Constantin Boden lived here , whom Konrad Adenauer, among others, visited several times in this villa . In 1962, the Federal Republic of Germany bought Villa Wurmbach as a guest house.

In 1998 the Villa Wurmbach was renovated for millions. From 1999 to 2001 it was the residence of Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder . Since 2004 it has been the residence of Federal Presidents Horst Köhler , Christian Wulff , Joachim Gauck and Frank-Walter Steinmeier .

Professional development

Wurmbach took over his father's stove and stove factory Julius Wurmbach in Bockenheim and in 1908 was one of the largest employers with around 190 employees.

In 1906, before the upcoming local elections, the Bockenheim Social Democrats named their opponent Wurmbach as “representatives of the old Reich” in Bockenheim and as “mishmash candidates”. They particularly criticized Wurmbach for paying insufficient wages, for not tolerating any representation of workers' interests in his company, for insisting on working ten hours a day and for being responsible for the miserable sanitary conditions in his company.


  • Light from the dark past: Bockenheimer Sozialdemokrats 1863-1933, Stüblig, Rainer, dipa-Verlag, 1985, ISBN 3-7638-0417-X
  • Wurmbach Julius, Vice Mayor, 1831-1901; ISG Institute for City History Frankfurt am Main, Personal History Collection, S2

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Liechtensteiner Nachrichten No. 87, Volume 13, October 27, 1926. Link (4th column in the middle, see "Abroad")
  2. ^ Franziska von Mutius: Köhler moves into the Federal Chancellor's service villa (Julius Wurmbach Jr.'s villa in Berlin, Pücklerstrasse). In: Die Welt , June 1, 2004
  3. Eva Schweitzer: Gerhard Schröder no longer lives in the “Four Seasons” hotel, but on Pücklerstrasse in Dahlem (Julius Wurmbach Jr.'s villa in Berlin-Dahlem). In: Der Tagesspiegel , September 13, 1999
  4. The new Federal President moves to Dahlem . In: Berliner Zeitung , March 10, 2004
  5. ^ Federal President's service villa in Berlin-Dahlem , www.bundespraesident.de