Founder’s residence - the “White House”
After AMAZONEN-WERKE had been in business for 27 years, i.e. in 1900, the founder of the company Heinrich Dreyer decided to build an appropriate house for him and his family. On the one hand, it was intended to represent the prestige of his company, on the other hand, he did not want to do without his small farm. So he built two houses in one: An attractive residential house facing the street and a farmhouse with a typical hallway, hall door and stables to the rear, but altogether quite modest without any luxurious sanitary facilities, as was customary in the countryside at that time.
To begin with, Heinrich and Lisette lived in the whole house with their eight children and the domestic staff. After the children had moved out, the youngest son Erich and his wife Erne were given the flat on the top floor in 1932. Erne, who came from the city, modernised the whole house with central heating and up-to-date sanitary facilities. The house was originally built with grey slag bricks by the Georgs-Marien-Bergwerks- und Hüttenverein, which is known as Georgsmarienhütte GmbH today. The west front was covered with zinc panels to protect it from the weather.
When the last occupant, Mrs Erne Dreyer, died in 2001, the house was not demolished, but partially converted to a head office and painted white. Today, it is a gem and a worthy representative of AMAZONEN-WERKE. The members of our General Management Christian Dreyer and Andreas Hemeyer, export managers Christian Gall and Dimitri Gujo, as well as part of the After Sales department are accommodated inside the "White House".