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This photo of Carl Weidemeyer was taken by arch. Paolo Fumagalli.
The Carl Weidemeyer Foundation hast the sad duty to notify the readers of the death of its former president and founding member Dr. Wolfgang Oppenheimer (1924-2014). Below, we publish the eulogy that architect Guido Tallone held in the name of the Carl Weidemeyer Foundation at Wolfgang Oppenheimer’s funeral, on April 11th 2014.
Visit at the construction site of Teatro San Materno on the 9th of May 2009. From the left, Dr. Wolfgang Oppenheimer with Ursula Oppenheimer, attorney Efrem Beretta (1934-2012) and architect Guido Tallone.
Guido Tallone’s eulogy at Dr. Wolfgang Oppenheimer’s funeral
(translated from Italian)
In the name of the Carl Weidemeyer Foundation, I wish to give Dr. Wolfgang Oppenheimer and his wife, Ms. Ursula Oppenheimer, our most heartfelt thanks for wanting and financing, eighteen years ago, this institution, whose purpose is to appraise and popularize the work of Carl Weidemeyer , the architect who planned and built the Teatro San Materno in Ascona in the second half of the twenties.

This had been his first work in our region, as well as one of the first buildings in the Canton Ticino on which the theories and construction techniques of the Modern Architecture applied.

By the time the Oppenheimer family moved to Ascona from Germany, the Teatro San Materno had already been constructed. The architect Carl Weidemeyer, however, had already been a family acquaintance back in their country of origin.

So it came that the same hand that had planned the Teatro San Materno would also draw the Villa Chiara in Via Collinetta 73 in Ascona, a delectable family dwelling which is still actual, lively and intact, and whose perfect spaces receive lucky guests like us, the members of the board of trustees who meet to decide, amongst other things, which projects to sustain according to the spirit and the statute of our Foundation.

To see and hear with which intensity and great pleasure Wolfgang Oppenheimer lived those spaces has always been a source of intimate satisfaction to us architects in the board – Paolo Kaehr, Roman Hollenstein and me. It is proof that Carl Weidemeyer created people-oriented designs, where intimacy and nature complete one another in perfect symbiosis.

Is appears clear now, how someone who had lived so many years in such a beautiful ambiance, and who had known so well its designer and his work, could have wanted to honour him with the creation of this Foundation.

Thank you, dear Dr. Wolfgang Oppenheimer. Thank you for the battles that we fought together, thank you for your dedication, for your human and cultural sensibility: your gesture will never be forgotten.

Dear Ms. Ursula, dear Ms. Sonja, dear Ms. Elisabeth, to you we extend our sincere condolences, willing to carry on the work of the Foundation wanted by your beloved husband and father. In our hearts we will always carry his teaching and his example.