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Villa Borsig in Berlin-Moabit in a neighbourhood known as Westfälisches Viertel. Built in 1849 for August Borsig in what is now Elberfelder Straße, the grand mansion was erected on Borsig’s land together with company’s own ironworks.
Both were surrounded by an elegant park designed by none other than Peter Joseph Lenné (the Berlin garden and park architect and father of, among many others, the Tiergarten). The villa, first out of three magnificent Borsig Villas, survived for less than a century: after the company’s rapid expansion it became necessary to find a bigger site and Borsig’s own property trust, Neu-Bellevue-Aktiengesellschaft, subdivided the land in Moabit into smaller plots, demolished the villa as well as other buildings and before building new streets, felled nearly all the trees in the old Lenné park.
The tiny section of the original park forms what is today known as Essener Park, located between Alt-Moabit, Stromstraße and Essener Straße.