The economic and social rise of the Epstein family led them from the Bohemian capital of Prague to the Imperial capital and residence, Vienna, which at that time magnetically attracted all those whose economic success enabled them to lead their lives in the reflected splendour of the Imperial Court.

In addition to a town house appropriate to their standing, social conventions also required these newcomers to have a summer residence. Accordingly, Gustav Ritter von Epstein decided to have a villa built at Baden.