Aerial Views over Askren Manor and Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt

These photos of Akren Manor and Ledward Barracks have been given to me by the photographer, Thomas Liepert, and are now published with his friendly permission.

The first three photos were taken by Thomas taking a ride on the Ferris Wheel at the annual Volksfest (01 – 11 June 2018).

 

 

The following photos were taken around the same time, but obviously closer to the ground.

 

Debris and Neon Lights

House 460 at Askren Manor in Schweinfurt, Germany

In my line of work, I run across some interesting research inquiries. One of my readers would like to know more about the history of the house 460 at Askren Manor, which he purchased in 2016 (after the U.S. Military left in September 2014, and the installation was returned to the German government)An. With his permission, I publish the photos he mailed me to help with the research.

This is what the new owner, Thomas S., has to say:

I grew up near Schweinfurt (village of Arnstein) and two years ago, I bought a house at Askren Manor. It’s the one next to the General’s house (the army number was 460). Unfortunately, not much remains of its old army history these days. I really would like to find out more about what happened here within the last 70 years. I would be very interested in knowing more about the house’s history, its former tenants, photos, etc.

House 460 at Askren Manor, Schweinfurt

 

Rear view of House 460 at Askren Manor, Schweinfurt

 

460 Askren Manor, Schweinfurt

If by any chance, you know someone who lived in house 460, have any photos of it from before 2016, or used to play with the kids from house 460, etc., please get in touch with me. Any information would be appreciated. I will then connect you with Mr. Thomas Siebert. He would love to hear from you.

Postcards of Mainberg Castle

Ever since I started doing research for a blog reader about Mainberg Castle in northern Bavaria, I have become very interested in the topic myself, and started buying historical postcards.

Mainberg Castle in 1914

 

Mainberg Castle around 1930

 

Mainberg Castle in 1946

 

Mainberg Castle in the 1920/1930

Update on the Construction Site at Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt

Another trip to Schweinfurt, this time for a family celebration, had us pass by Ledward Barracks again. The corner of Niederwerrner Straße and Franz-Schubert-Straße looked very different, because several buildings have already been torn down.

Back in February 2015, the city of Schweinfurt purchased the areal from the Federal Republic of Germany. In December 2016, the city of Schweinfurt then sold it to the state of Bavaria. The state of Bavaria is now expanding its Würzburg university branch by adding another campus in Schweinfurt on the barracks grounds.

The demolition of the old buildings on Ledward Barracks will cost about euro 2.2 million, and was scheduled to be completed by June 2017. This is when construction of the new International Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt was originally due to begin.

As it is often the case in construction in Germany (and other places as well), things are taking longer than expected. There are a lot contaminated materials to be disposed of. Other building material will just get shredded, and some might be reused. Because of the heavy tanks used back then, part of the asphalt around the barracks is more than one meter in depth.

I took these photos of the former barracks just three days ago. Some buildings will remain; They plan on keeping the former Abrahms Club, the Court of Honor (Ehrenhof), and another building near the west gate, which is used for accommodating refugees, and on lease for the next five years.

 

The artillery barracks, the NCO Club, and the medical clinic are all gone.

 

 

 

Askren Manor, Schweinfurt in December 2017

While visiting family around the Schweinfurt area, we passed by Askren Manor housing today. This has turned into a ghost town.

An article from the Main-Post Newspaper from February 2017 had stated that 28 of the 34 apartment buildings would be demolished by the spring of 2018.  The design for the new German housing development includes room for 1600 residents.

We passed on the east side of Askren Manor (up ahead is the John-F-Kennedy-Ring), where nothing had been touched yet.

Once the plans for this new housing development have been carried out, there will be room for about 1600 new residents.

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