Charlotte Friederike Dorothea Hegewisch (1822-1903, Kiel)
And the future plan: I noted that the whole of Klein Elmeloo was to be used for the common good – as an art gallery, which will sooner or later be necessary and the location of Kl. Elmeloo is so utterly beautiful and suitable, as I decided, [...].
(Lotte Hegewisch, Erinnerungen früherer Stunden - Early Memories for Final Hours, Kiel 1902, p. 218)
Like her father Prof. Dr Franz-Hermann Hegewisch, Lotte Hegewisch was a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Art Association. Her parents and later Lotte had numerous contacts and were hosts to personalities such as Franz Liszt, Theodor Fontane and Clara Schuhmann.
When plans for the construction of a new Kunsthalle began to take shape, Lotte Hegewisch bequeathed her property, which was called Klein Elmeloo, to the university and stipulated in her will that an art gallery should be built there within five years of her death. The building at Düsternbrooker Weg 1 opened in 1909.