Everybody may dream, for example about living in another place. Touring some lists on the web of sellable houses and monuments I found this – The Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart sells a building in the Landkreis of Schwäbisch Hall, in a village (‘scuse me : town) called Gerabronn (Ger., Eng.) The building’s address is Amlishagener Straße 16 (look for yourself if you like, there are some pics on google maps). It’s in a state of disrepair (sanierungsbedürftig) – what can mean anything from “burn it down” to “just fix that hole”.
Burning down would be a bit difficult, because the house is built from concrete in 1912 – I think it is built from what is called “Stampfbeton“, that means without the metal-innards (“Spannbeton”, Ger., Eng.). As the description says it has five storeys and one cellar, gives circa 2.800 square meters of living space (what equals roughly 460 square meters for each of the six storeys – the average one family house has notably less around here !) and comes with more than forty thousand square meters of land ; it was originally built as “Mühlengebäude” and used as grain storage facility, what possibly means large interior spaces. I read somewhere that it was capable of holding 15 thousand tons of grain. Actually it is seemingly used for storing tea. It once was used by the federal state for storing food (“Bundesvorratslager“, here), for the case of emergency. (These storing points are very interesting and need a history of their own. I know of at least four different locations of these installations.) I have not found a picture of the inside.
It’s big and comes with a nice little tower, and a giant green, the former industrial area as it seems.
What industry ?
It was constructed in 1912 for the “Nährmittelfabrik Schüle-Hohenlohe“. Schüle started as a kind of bakery in Plüderhausen (Ger., Eng.) in the valley of the river Rems, near Stuttgart, in 1854. They basically made noodles (“Eierteigwaren”, it’s Suebia after all !), bought their first “Teigmaschine” in 1863 and it took off – they had up to 700 workers before WWI. It seems that they operated under the name of “Hohen-Lohesche Nährmittel AG”. I am not sure how the connection was made to the “Casseler Haferkakao-Fabrik Hausen”, but there definitely was one – I think they were merged through WWI, but what I read on the web is not accurate about this. But how ever it was, this company (known in the area as “die Schüle”) existed from the 1920s to 1957.
They had in their assortement
” … Eiernudeln, Makkaroniröhrchen und Suppeneinlagen. Die Hohenlohe hatte Haferflocken, Mehl, Grütze und Suppe, Paniermehl, Maismehl, Tapioka, Suppenwürfel und Kakao in ihrem Sortiment. Schließlich gab es auch noch den Hafer-Kakao der Kasseler Hafer-Kakaofabrik Hausen &Co. GmbH. Im Werk Kassel wurden Haferflocken, Suppen und Kindernährmittel hergestellt.”
I like that. They produced any kind of food made from grain. Tons and tons of grain must have gone through this building. The roof seems to be in good order ; looking at pictures at google maps I can not detect water damage from the ground – it’s just a very very large building sitting empty in the middle of nowhere, the (wonderful) Hohenlohe.
One could get it for a dime – but replacing all the nearly one-hundred windows alone would cost a fortune. Forget “taking care” of the garden : one would have to draw a sketch of it first & design that thing … ach … ‘mer derf doch noch dräum’ …