Villa Woodstock - Germany
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This abandoned grand neo-renaissance styled Mansion was originally a residential dwelling but from the mid 1980’s became a care facility and later a retirement home for the elderly and was linked to the nearby church organisations. Villa Woodstock, as this place is most commonly known, was apparently set for demolition before a private investor stepped in to repurpose the old building. I was unable to find much information about the original owners of the property but it was clear from our visit that the majority of the features of the building have been left in-situ with the bulk of the care facilities being added at the rear of the property in much more modern extensions. Inside there is a spacious entrance hallway which leads on to a 2 story skylight topped hallway which is surrounded with a gallery decorated with wrought-iron handrails. The original serving cabinets were still there and in excellent condition. The adjoining room had an old upright piano, of which I am unsure as to whether this was added by the investor who converted the place or another original feature. The future of the place is another uncertainty. From what I can establish the building has received heritage status from the local authority, but it has clearly sat empty for quite some time and is starting to show signs of decay in some of the room. Fortunately, the neighbours are known to keep a very close eye on the place and, as a result, the building has remained free from vandalism.