Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Stuttgart: the Moorish Villa

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RIBApix ref no RIBA91796
Architect/DesignerZanth, Karl Ludwig Wilhelm von (1796-1857)
Artist/PhotographerBenton, Charlotte
Subject Date1846
Image Date1985
StyleIslamic Revival
Medium35mm Transparency
Library ReferenceBenton 85-28-32
Colour / B&W Colour
Credit Charlotte Benton / RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: Designed originally as botanical gardens by the architect Karl Ludwig von Zanth (1796-1857) for King Wilhelm I of Wurttemberg, who wanted his buildings to be in a Moorish style. Construction of the gardens date from 1842. Originally private they opened to the public in 1919, and began to acquire zoo animals from 1951. The Moorish Villa was originally used as bathhouse owing to the discovery of mineral springs nearby. Built in 1846, but destroyed during the Second World War it was rebuilt in 1971 and renovated in 2002.

Subject tags

botanical gardens, zoo buildings, restoration