The Hegedüs Villa or originally the Schoch Villa is well known in Budapest, although few people know by its name.
Address: Orom utca, 6 – Gellért Hill – Budapest
GPS: 47.48905, 19.043145
Frigyes Schoch fell in love with an Italian villa in Genoa during his travels, and wanted to build an exact copy of it in Buda. The villa, looks very much like a medieval castle. The original was designed by Florentine-born Gino Coppedè, who was very popular in Genoa. His work also includes the similarly styled Castello Mackenzie and the famous Genoa Gran Hotel Miramare.
The goal was create an Italian luxury villa in the spa area of Buda. The date 1914 can be read on the facade, but it is kind of hard to stack bricks during bomb strikes, so construction stopped until after due to World War I.
After passing through the hands of Communists and several other owners, finally, in 1926, it was bought by Dr. Lóránt Hegedüs. This is why the building is called the Hegedüs Villa today.
His request to the City Council of Budapest to finish construction in 1927 shows that the building was finally completed then. The Schoch-Hegedüs Villa has been preserved in very good condition over the decades, and to keep it that way, it enjoys heritage protection.
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