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Herford(hĕr`fôrt), city (1994 pop. 65,680), North Rhine–Westphalia, NW Germany, on the Werre River. Its manufactures include cigars, textiles, chocolate, carpets, machinery, and metal products. The city is also a major producer of furniture in Germany. Herford developed around a 13th-century church (still standing) that formerly had been a Benedictine convent (founded in the 9th cent.). It was a member of the Hanseatic League and passed to Brandenburg in 1647. The contemporary art museum (2005) was designed by Frank GehryGehry, Frank Owen
, 1929–, American architect, b. Toronto, Ont., as Frank Owen Goldberg. He is widely considered one of the finest and most artful of contemporary architects. In 1947, Gehry's family moved to Los Angeles, where he attended the Univ.
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a city in the Federal Republic of Germany, in the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia; situated on the Werra River, a tributary of the Weser. Population, 65,300 (1974). Herford has enterprises of the textile, knitwear, garment, woodworking, furniture, food-processing, and machine-building industries.