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Old March 11th, 2019, 06:22 AM   #2501
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Continuation... Commercial buildings. Kronenstrasse, 10
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Berlin had such a distinct style of architecture
Architecturally Berlin had a completely different image back then. Now it's known as grey, austere and not very pretty, back then it was seen as overladen, kitschy and nouveau riche decadent in all its late 19th/early 20th century splendor. Even back then cities like Paris, Vienna or St. Petersburg were considered the architecturally more beautiful, elegant and classy cities.
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Gruenberg am Schlesien ca. 1930. Die Apthoke war hier bis 2015 Jahre.

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Old March 11th, 2019, 07:28 PM   #2503
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This beauty was fortunately preserved.
I'm glad that the building had been preserved, but it is a pity that they decided not to reconstruct the original form of the roof.

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Even back then like Paris, Vienna or St. Petersburg were considered the architecturally more beautiful, elegant and classy .
I always prefer diversity and inventiveness to unnecessary predictability and uniformity. As for me, neither the monotonous Paris (if we are talking about residential Haussmannian buildings), nor St.-Petersburg can be compared with the sophistication and stylistic richness of old Berlin. Of course, diversity does not always mean quality, but there were not (as I believe) very much of gaudiness in the pre-war Germany. Although today, any attempts to reproduce the revival style usually end in vulgarity and look extremely inauthentic.
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I always prefer diversity and inventiveness to unnecessary predictability and uniformity. As for me, neither the monotonous Paris (if we are talking about residential Haussmannian buildings), nor St.-Petersburg can be compared with the sophistication and stylistic richness of old Berlin. Of course, diversity does not always mean quality, but there were not (as I believe) very much of gaudiness in the pre-war Germany. Although today, any attempts to reproduce the revival style usually end in vulgarity and look extremely inauthentic.
I completely agree. I personally love the over the top elaborateness and stylistic diversity of late 19th century/early 20th century Berlin/Germany, also Victorian London, but it was true even back then and it remains true today that Gründerzeit is not seen as artistical first class or of great artistical importance.
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Old March 11th, 2019, 11:22 PM   #2505
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^I think that much of the late 19th, early 20th century block houses that were built in Berlin, Frankfurt, Koln and other major cities were nicer than their Victorian equivalents in Britain.
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Old March 12th, 2019, 09:10 AM   #2506
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I'm glad that the building had been preserved, but it is a pity that they decided not to reconstruct the original form of the roof.
And genuine window frames were not reconstructed as well. Though they used to add a lot of art-nouveau charm to the building (especially the web-like one in that big window).
I hope, it will be faithfully reconstructed sometime.
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And genuine window frames were not reconstructed as well. Though they used to add a lot of art-nouveau charm to the building (especially the web-like one in that big window).
I hope, it will be faithfully reconstructed sometime.
I imagine it would be very costly to get glass made by those specifications. Though it would be great to see.
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Old March 12th, 2019, 03:38 PM   #2508
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I completely agree. I personally love the over the top elaborateness and stylistic diversity of late 19th century/early 20th century Berlin/Germany, also Victorian London, but it was true even back then and it remains true today that Gründerzeit is not seen as artistical first class or of great artistical importance.
The same is true in San Francisco. We have many, heavily ornamented buildings from early 20th century that are often referred to as "wedding cake" buildings but are not considered architecturally significant.
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This beauty was fortunately preserved.
They badly need to bring back to lovely Art Nouveau windows at Kronenstrasse 10 though!


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The same is true in San Francisco. We have many, heavily ornamented buildings from early 20th century that are often referred to as "wedding cake" buildings but are not considered architecturally significant.
SF's wedding cake townhouses and commercial buildings are architecturally super significant, there's no other like that in the world!
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Soren, do you know about when these Berlin photos are from. Based on the cars sometime in the early to mid-30s?
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A half of the pictures in the last post were taken in 1938 by Fritz Eschen. Some of the rest are dated between 1925 and 1939

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Thanks, Soren5sen for the photos. The top one here is from a vantage point that cannot be seen today, even when the Schloss is completed. Many of the other locations have retained their street settings, but the former street running south from the front of the Stadtschloss has been replaced by a large building.
The second photo appears to be the start of a royal parade of some sort. Based on the condition of the Dom, the size of the trees near it, and the clothing fashion, this is probably circa 1907-1912.
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Photo is by Uwe Dettmar, and the Historical Museum of Frankfurt holds the copyright.

Treuner model of several houses in Frankfurt's old town, situated (I think) just next to the Neues Rotes Haus. The middle one, especially, was a jewel.
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Old March 22nd, 2019, 02:01 AM   #2518
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Unter den Linden looks better with the Lindens.
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Old March 26th, 2019, 06:50 PM   #2519
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https://www.artlimited.net/agenda/wi...gow/en/7582054

Don't know if Willy Romer's photos have been part of this thread. I checked out from the university library near that I have access to, the book that I believe came from this exhibition. It is chock full of great photos, not accented on architecture, more on people, street scenes etc, but still a great historical treasure trove.
Book itself is called Berlin in den Weltstadt Jahren, Fotogafien von Willy Romer, 1919-1933,
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