Episode 91: The Altes Stadthaus

Location:

Klosterstraße 47, 10179 Berlin

Facts:

  • Designed by Ludwig Hoffmann
  • Inaugurated in 1911

The Altes Stadthaus’ tower is approximately 80 meters high and it was inspired by the Gendarmenmarkt cathedrals’ towers that were built only a few years earlier. The whole building was decorated with sculptures of Greek gods and marble. Yes,it was. Because during the Second World War around 50% of it was destroyed.

The GDR regime repaired the building, but when Germany was reunified, the Altes Stadthaus still had plumbing from the 1920s’. In 1994, the place was closed for renovation including for the making of replicas of original sculptures lost during the war. The Altes Stadthaus only started being occupied again in 1997, when the Senate of Berlin moved there.

Today you can still see the outline of the GDR’s hammer and compass that replaced the Berlin bear adorning the Altes Stadthaus’ entrance.

To know more about the Altes Stadthaus’ history, listen to the talk below:

 

Photo and episode: Roberta Caldas

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