Hammerschmidt Villa

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This article is about the primary residence of the President of Germany from 1950–1994. For the current primary residence, see Bellevue Palace (Germany).
Hammerschmidt Villa
Villa Hammerschmidt
Villa Hammerschmidt Bonn Seite Adenauerallee 20080831.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Official residence (secondary)
Architectural style Neo-classical
Town or city Bonn
Country Germany
Coordinates 50°43′22″N 7°07′03″E / 50.72278°N 7.11750°E / 50.72278; 7.11750Coordinates: 50°43′22″N 7°07′03″E / 50.72278°N 7.11750°E / 50.72278; 7.11750
Current tenants President of Germany (secondary)
Named for Rudolf Hammerschmidt
Completed 1860
Renovated 1868
Owner Federal Republic of Germany
Design and construction
Architect August Dieckhoff
Rear view of Villa Hammerschmidt

Hammerschmidt Villa (German: Villa Hammerschmidt) is a villa located in the German city of Bonn that served as the primary official seat and primary official residence of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1950 until 1994. President Richard von Weizsäcker made Bellevue Palace in Berlin his primary official seat and residence in 1994. Since 1994, the Hammerschmidt Villa has served as a secondary official seat and secondary official residence for the President. In German, the Villa is also called the "White House of Bonn", because of its vague resemblance to the official residence of the President of the United States.

The villa is situated in the heart of the former government quarter of Bonn, bordering the river Rhine to the north and opposite the zoological Museum Koenig to the south. It is also adjacent to the secondary official seat and secondary official residence of the Chancellor, the Palais Schaumburg, to the west.

The upper floor of the building houses a private apartment for the German President, while the ground floor consists of state rooms which are used for ceremonial purposes.

Villa Hammerschmidt was built by August Dieckhoff in 1860 in Neo-classical style, as a stately home for a wealthy industrialist. It was redecorated in 1868 by the architect Otto Penner.

Since its construction Villa Hammerschmidt has been owned by:

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