Zug, 13.09.2019

Opportunity arises to visit renovated Villa Hotz


The opportunity arises this coming Saturday, 14 September, to visit the Villa Hotz, which has undergone extensive renovation.

The opening of the villa, on Alpenquai in the city, coincides with the European Day of Historic Monuments, the theme of which, this year, is colour.

Colours, of course, play a central element in architecture, used as they are both on façades and in the interior. Sometimes they even have a symbolic significance.

In addition to being able to visit the Villa Hotz, guided tours of the Bruder Klaus church in Oberwil will be held, visitors able to admire the wall paintings of Ferdinand Gehr. Indeed, his daughter Franziska will be there to explain more about them and the scandal they caused in the Fifties.

Furthermore, both the Menzingen and Zug Cantonal Schools will also be opening their doors, too, with Georg Karl Pfahler, Hans Peter von Ah and Elisabeth Arpagus on hand to explain the context between colour, space and geometry in the artworks there.

Visitors taking advantage of being able to visit the neo-Baroque Villa Hotz will notice how colour has been used on, and in, this 1927-built former dwelling.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the canton’s involvement in the preservation and renovation of buildings of architectural interest is warmly invited to a drinks reception at 11.15 am on Saturday 14 September at the Haus Zentrum at number 9 Zeughausgasse, courtesy of the Department of Inner-Cantonal Affairs. Among those present on this occasion will be Andreas Hostettler, a member of the Zug cantonal government, Stefan Hochuli, who heads the Cantonal Office for the Preservation of Historic Monuments and Buildings and Archaeology, Franziska Kaiser, the cantonal conservator and Christian Schnieper, the city architect.

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Photo: Melk Nigg