A place rich in history:
“I shall hear in heaven!“ (credited to Ludwig van Beethoven, 1827 at Schwarzspanierhof)
Vet Practice Schwarzspanierhof was founded more than 30 years ago at this location. In 2013 Usha Patel DVM took over the practice, renovated and augmented it and implemented the latest technical and medical standards. At Schwarzspanierhof modern practice management and quality assurance meet the historic character of a building from the fin de siècle and the charm of an Old-Viennese neighbourhood (see also: “How do we work?”).
Schwarzspanierstraße 15 – the vet practice is located in the central courtyard – is known as the “Schwarzspanierhof”, the “Schwarzspanier House” or “Beethoven´s Last Residence”. It is a listed block of buildings with courtyards that contains apartments, offices, shops, practices and other medical facilities. The Schwarzspanierhof is a Viennese landmark and a place of remarkable historical interest:
History of the Schwarzspanierhof
In the 17th century the Spanish Benedictine Congregation of Santa Maria de Montserrat built a monastery and garden in the “Alservorstadt” (inner part of today’s 8th and 9th district). Because of their black habit, the people in Vienna used to call the monks “schwarze Spanier (black Spaniards)”. Within the secularization in 1781 the former abbey, the so-called “Schwarzspanierhof,” was renovated into an apartment house. In those days one had a beautiful view over the “Glacis” onto the city wall and the “Inner City”. Soon after the cloister garden was parcelled and built up and Beethovengasse emerged. The spread out area of Schwarzspanierhouse changed several times ownwership and was finally acquired in 1845 by the monastery “Heiligenkreuz”. The original building (the “old” Schwarzspanierhof at Schwarzspanierstraße No. 15, formerly Alser Glacis No. 200) was replaced by the current one (“new” Schwarzspanierhof) in 1904 according to the plans of the architekt Gustav Flesch-Brunningen. However, some existing parts have been integrated and the area of the vet practice is dating from 1864.
n front of the building are stones of memory for 36 Jewish women and men who had lived here before their deportation by regime thugs during the times of National Socialism in Austria.
The former baroque church of the original monastery, the “Schwarzspanier Kirche” went through an eventfull history as well and accommodates today the “Albert Schweitzer House”. The street fassade of the building still exists in its original state.
Over the centuries, several well-known personalities have lived and worked in Schwarzspanierhof. Visitors can see two of them above the front portal: Nikolaus Lenau on the left and Ludwig van Beethoven on the right.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Johann Conrad Blank
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