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Old July 1st, 2011, 12:25 AM   #421
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^ Which are you talking about? If you refer to the first page, those are Photochrom prints, which is a technique to take photos and then colour them. It was very popular before real colour photography came up, especially for postcards.
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Old July 1st, 2011, 06:17 PM   #422
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Würzburg

Würzburg, another lost treasure.



Almost like Prague:


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Old July 1st, 2011, 06:27 PM   #423
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i'm shocked. how i wish those cities were not destroyed.
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Old July 1st, 2011, 08:42 PM   #424
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More pics of Würzburg before the destruction (90% of the town were destroyed). Sadly pretty small, but already in color:




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Old July 3rd, 2011, 02:16 AM   #425
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Hey, I'm a kid in highschool and I am facinated with Pre-War architecture. I have plans to become an architect, travel to Germany (and severeal other countries), and will woek towards rebuild cities to their pre-war greatness. I've already started looking up pictures of German cities such as Frankfurt, Muinich, Dresden, Berlin, Cologne, etc., and comparing them to the cities of today. One thing I noticed was that most of the cities don't follow the origional street plans and I have been unable to find good maps on the internet. It would be much appreciated if you could send me links. And please keep uploading pictures, I've been saving them and plan to use them to make models for rebuilding the cities in the future.
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Old July 3rd, 2011, 02:27 AM   #426
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Also, I dont know if any of you have been to Germany or know the German people, but if you do: Do you think people of a city would be willing to change revert it back to its pre-war form? (At least rebuild the old historic center accurately)
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Old July 3rd, 2011, 05:37 AM   #427
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Photochrom of Lübeck


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Hey, I'm a kid in highschool and I am facinated with Pre-War architecture. I have plans to become an architect, travel to Germany (and severeal other countries), and will woek towards rebuild cities to their pre-war greatness. I've already started looking up pictures of German cities such as Frankfurt, Muinich, Dresden, Berlin, Cologne, etc., and comparing them to the cities of today. One thing I noticed was that most of the cities don't follow the origional street plans and I have been unable to find good maps on the internet. It would be much appreciated if you could send me links. And please keep uploading pictures, I've been saving them and plan to use them to make models for rebuilding the cities in the future.
Here are some links:

Berlin

End of the 18th century: http://de.academic.ru/pictures/dewik...erlin_1789.jpg
Around 1850, map of the Aksizemauer: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...kzisemauer.png
Mitte around 1902 (detail): http://stralau.in-berlin.de/blog/ima...boersgross.jpg
Mitte around 1902: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._Plan_1902.jpg
Mariendorf: http://steffen.in-berlin.de/Berlin34.JPG

Potsdam: http://isk.geobasis-bb.de/md-thumbnail/377.gif

Königsberg: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Karte_1905.jpg

Schneidemühl (Piła): http://www.schneidemuehl.net/Karten/...0Gross_jpg.htm
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Old July 3rd, 2011, 06:50 AM   #428
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German cities were no doubt the most beautiful ones in Europe at that time.
These are painful pictures to see. Dresden, in particular, was such a crime. Wurzburg, Koln, and Bamberg too. Even Dusseldorf was beautiful; I would never have guessed that!

I agree wholeheartedly with Eszett though: overall, IMHO, Germany cities were remarkable, and I think it's safe to say, given the shear number of cities in Germany coupled with the division of the country into unique states well into the the 19th century, almost guaranteed a great diversity of architecture. I'm 1/2 French, 1/2 Italian and I do think that before WW2 Germany had the most beautiful cities in Europe.

What I can't imagine is how anyone, before 1933, could have thought Berlin wasn't stunning. Alexanderplatz was probably a little spooky but overall, the city didn't deserve the bad rap it got...it wasn't Paris or Vienna or Rome but it gave London a run for it's money I think.

Breslau was remarkable too...who knew?

I've visited Regensburg -- it wasn't bombed (from what I understand)...beautiful city.
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Old July 3rd, 2011, 06:57 AM   #429
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Not the end of 19th century, more like 1934-38. Found on panoramio.

Hamburg

Chilehaus (on the left)



See Klaus Brink's whole collection here!
Chilehaus? WOW!

I'd love to see more of this building. Please tell me it survived?
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Questions / Fragen...

Questions...

Does anyone know what the Monbijou Palace looked like in Berlin?

What's the status of the Berlin Stadtpalast?

Any opinions on the new Leipziger Platz? To me it seems very monotonous and needs more architectural diversity...?

Is the Wertheim site under construction at the Leipziger Platz?

THANKS!
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Those photos of Hamburg are awesome, it is interesting just how modern the city looked.
Wasn't it? It reminds me of New York or Chicago minus the skyscrapers. Comparatively (from what I can tell from pictures) it actually looked more "modern" and bustling than Berlin!?
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Gdansk looks beautiful! Fantastic pictures, thanks
It looks like the most beautiful German city in Poland!
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Another largely lost city: Breslau, today Wroclaw in Poland.


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Questions...

Does anyone know what the Monbijou Palace looked like in Berlin?

What's the status of the Berlin Stadtpalast?

Any opinions on the new Leipziger Platz? To me it seems very monotonous and needs more architectural diversity...?

Is the Wertheim site under construction at the Leipziger Platz?

THANKS!
Monbijou Palace

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Großer Saal (42), view from the outside:




Central body (33; 27; 22):




Eastern body (6; 7; 11; 13; 19), view from south




Entrance building (not seen on plan)




(all pictures from bildindex.de)

Regarding Leipziger Platz...well, I'd prefer to see this


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Old July 3rd, 2011, 06:13 PM   #435
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It looks like the most beautiful German city in Poland!
According to wikipedia,

"Throughout its long history, Gdańsk has faced various periods of rule by different states:

997-1308: as part of the Kingdom of Poland
1308-1454: as part of the territory of the Teutonic Order
1454-1466: Thirteen Years' War
1466-1569: as part of the Kingdom of Poland
1569-1793: as part of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
1793-1805: as part of Prussia
1807-1814: as a free city
1815-1871: as part of Prussia
1871-1918: as part of Imperial Germany
1918-1939: as a free city
1939-1945: as part of Nazi Germany
1945–1989: as part of Polish People's Republic
1989–present: as part of Republic of Poland"

So most of the medieval and renaissance fabric of the city dates back from when it was ruled by various polish states.
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According to wikipedia,

"Throughout its long history, Gdańsk has faced various periods of rule by different states:

So most of the medieval and renaissance fabric of the city dates back from when it was ruled by various polish states.
It wasn't really ruled by Poland, it was more or less a free city state, like many other Hanseatic towns. That's especially true when it comes to architecture, which was not very Polish but very Hanseatic. The local artists and builders were Germans, while most of the influencial artists from abroad came from the Hanseatic sphere of influence, especially the Netherlands. Poland was more influenced by Italy (during the Renaissance).
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