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Notes on the Geography of Indonesia: Bandung: Photo 22

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Literally the "island house," Villa Isola appears in aerial photographs from the 1930s as standing like an island in large gardens fringed by rice paddies (see van Dullemen, p. 137). Why the Italian name? Because though Beretty's mother was Javanese, his father was Franco-Italian. After his death the building became a part of the Savoy-Homann hotel, although that hotel is several miles away. During the war the house was badly damaged but restored after 1948, when it became the headquarters of the Siliwangi division of the Indonesian Army. Hence the surviving label Bumi Siliwangi, "Siliwangi Place."

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