The facade with romanticised arches and pillars, timber-frame elements, round and corner towers etc. reminds of a medieval castle. However, the interiors are different. In an impressive and versatile manner, the styles switch from the Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance epochs, through Empire and Classicism to what was then ultra-modern – the Art Nouveau.
A weddingIn 1898, Baron Wilhelm von Faber’s eldest daughter Ottilie (1877−1944) married Count Alexander zu Castell-Rüdenhausen, a member of one of Germany’s oldest aristocratic families. But the will of her grandfather Lothar von Faber had stipulated that whichever of his descendents succeeded to his estate should carry on not just the company name but also the family name Faber. And so, by consent of Prince Regent Luitpold, the new line of Counts von Faber-Castell came about.
After the death of Lothar’s widow Ottilie in 1903, the business passed to their granddaughter Ottilie and her husband Alexander. In the same year, Count Alexander had a “castle of considerable extent” built in the grounds next to the production site in Stein, adjacent to the smaller Old Castle that had been built by Lothar von Faber. The New Castle was ready for occupancy in 1906.