By Mike Stroud, July 2008
|1. Hofmann Marker|
Josef Casimir Hofmann, internationally
known Polish pianist, resided with his
wife, Aikenite Marie Eustis Hofmann, in
a three~story house located several
hundred feet west of here. Born near
Cracow, Poland, he was recognized as a
gifted pianist at an early age and
considered the finest interpreter of
Chopin. He and his wife were instrumental
in founding the Fermata School for
Girls, which first opened in 1919 on the
upper floor of the Hofmann home.
Erected 1985 by The Polish Heritage Association of the Southeast.
Location. 33° 33.399′ N, 81° 43.486′ W. Marker is in Aiken, South Carolina, in Aiken County. Marker is on Laurens St SW, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Between Colleton and S. Boundry Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Aiken SC 29801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hitchcock Woods (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The One Room Schoolhouse (about 500 feet away); Coker Spring (about 500 feet away); Transit Of Venus Observatory Structure, 1882 (about 800 feet away); Aiken County Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aiken County Courthouse Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Highland Park Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Whitney Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aiken Institute (approx. 0.2 miles away); Woodmen Of The World (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Aiken.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
|2. Hofmann Marker, looking south along Laurens Ave.|
Also see . . .
1. Josef Hofmann. Josef Casimir Hofmann (originally Józef Kazimierz Hofmann; January 20, 1876 – February 16, 1957) was a Polish-American virtuoso pianist, composer, music teacher, and inventor. (Submitted on January 6, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Josef Hofmann plays Chopin Nocturne in C-minor Op. 48, #1. (Submitted on March 14, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Josef Hofmann plays Chopin Concerto Op. 21, Larghetto. (Submitted on March 14, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Frédéric François Chopin. Frédéric François Chopin, in Polish Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin (the surname is pronounced [ˈʂɔpɛn̪] in Polish; [ʃɔˈpɛ̃] in French; and usually /ˈʃoʊpæn/ in English; 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and music teacher, of French-Polish parentage. (Submitted on January 6, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. The Fermata Club. The Fermata Club is a private social, swim and tennis club located at 841 Whiskey Road in Aiken, SC. (Submitted on March 14, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Fermata School
In 1919 Mrs. Josef Hofmann, wife of the famed pianist, was looking for a school for her daughter Josefa. She found none that suited. At length she looked at piny, sandy, swank Aiken, S. C. and found it good. There she established a school, named it Fermata. In 1926 Fermata School was taken over by F. A. M. Tabor, owner of Aiken Preparatory School for boys. Principal Tabor moved the school to its present site at Whiskey Road & Gin Lane. He expanded the plant with tennis courts, gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool. A Cambridge man, brother-in-law of Sir John Broderick, onetime commercial counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington, Principal Tabor invested Fermata with a strongly British atmosphere. (Source: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,743991-3,00.html.)
Library of Congress
|3. Josef Casimir Hofmann|
— Submitted March 14, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.