FiliTour No. 4: House Lorenz
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In the stranger to success
For centuries, many Grisons have emigrated abroad to escape the economic hardship of their homeland. Pol Lorenz (1761-1806) emigrated to Prague and opened his first coffee house "Zum goldenen Brunnen" in 1785. The Renaissance building still stands in a prominent location on the famous Karlsgasse. The success enabled him and his family to buy this bourgeois house in his home country.
His grandson, the physician and naturalist Dr. Paul Lorenz (1835-1915), was one of the co-founders of the Schatzalp sanatorium in Davos and the Hotel Waldhaus in Flims. He was also a renowned naturalist.
The last permanent resident of the house was Bignia Lorenz (1907-2004). She was long president of the Women's Association and campaigned for women's suffrage. During the Second World War it housed officers and in the basement there was a guard house of the Swiss poor.
In the audio Domenica Boutilly, a descendant of the Lorenz family, tells us how important the house is to this day for the family.
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