Horgos, Szeged Road
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The Brauswetter - or popularly called clock villa - stands along the Szegedi road crossing Horgos. The building, which is already recognizable from a distance for its slim clock tower, is one of the surviving exemplar of the magnificent villas of the former Kamaráserdő resort.
John Brauswetter was a watchmaker from Szeged who studied from Switzerland's best watchmakers, and then opened his own shop in 1847 in Szeged. His son, Ottó, followed him in the profession. The Brauswetter shop has not only made watches, but precision guns too. For instance, in 1890, Szeged Napló published a report of Otto Brauswetter’s own inventive automatic hunting weapon, which attracted the interest of international professionals. According to the chronicles, he was the first one to own a car in Szeged (1904.). The special villa fit to the craftsman, which served as a pleasant holiday destination, it also served as a nameplate to the owner’s professional knowledge. Swiss-style villa features many woods, smaller or larger verandas, a complex floor plan and a rooftop romantic atmosphere. The complex layout, with the roof, the use of lumber, and bigger and smaller verandas give the swiss-style villa its romantic charm. Once it was surrounded by a beautiful vineyard.
The Kamaráserdő attracted famous people. Iván Reök, a river engineer had a majeure and villa here, where he had hosted his cousin Mihály Munkácsy several times. Another painter, Sándor Nyilassy, had a permanent studio here. In August 1906, Béla Bartók arrived at Horgos to collect folk songs. During his stay, the Baranya family welcomed him in their villa in Kamaras, with whom his mother had a close friendship. Fgvcg turned to the Brauswetter villa, where he was interested in a melody that sounded out of the surrounding vineyard and sounded in a nice voice. Bartok also happened to visit Braus villa, when he got interested in a melody heard from the surrounding vineyard. The song was sung by the 18-year-old Matild Szaniszló, from whom Bartok recorded more folk songs.
The prosperity of the Kamaráserdő came to an end with the new boarders after Trianon.. The people from Szeged could no longer come here for holidays, so they were forced to abandon their villas. Many villas simply disappeared or became unrecognizable due to renovations. The Brauswetter Villa is among the lucky ones: its owner, he is slowly but continuously innovating, not forgetting the prominent persons associated with the building, whose names are indicated on plaques.