Berlin. Brothers Tietz shopping mall (Gebrüder Tietz). Jugendstil / Art Nouveau

Berlin Art Nouveau Gebrueder Tietz 6

The building can be found on Klosterstraße (named after a no longer existing monastery), one of the oldest streets on Berlin, under the number 64. The other noteworthy buildings on this street include a baroque architecture such as Parochialkirche or Palais Podewils. The other ones include an old council building (Altes Stadthaus) and the ruins of an old monastery church.

The building itself is located across the old council house, on the south side of the street. It was originally used as a shopping center, built by brothers Tietz, german merchants of jewish origin.

Berlin Art Nouveau Gebrueder Tietz 1

The family Tietz introduced the concept of shopping malls to Germany and owned a chain of them across the country.

Berlin Art Nouveau Gebrueder Tietz 7Berlin Art Nouveau Gebrueder Tietz 2

The facade is decorated with Art Nouveau floral ornaments as well eclectic masks alluding to mythical times.

Berlin Art Nouveau Gebrueder Tietz 4

The door is buit from steel, which is characteristic for the Belle Epoque period, when the new developments in engineering allowed to mould and sculpture this material in unprecedented ways.

Berlin Art Nouveau Gebrueder Tietz 3

After Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, the company was “arianised”, meaning that the Tietz family was forced to give up its ownership of the building. The name was changed to Hertie (short for Herman Tietz), to make it more german.

After the II World War the building was the headquarters of the council surveyor’s office

Berlin Art Nouveau Gebrueder Tietz 8-3

Today it is used as office space.

 

Check out my other entries on Art Nouveau / Secession in Berlin:

https://seeinberlin.com/2016/01/12/art-nouveau-traces-in-berlin-2-geisebrechtstrasse/

https://seeinberlin.com/2016/01/25/secession-in-berlin-1-graefekiez/

https://seeinberlin.com/2016/01/11/art-nouveau-traces-in-berlin-1-splendid-hotel/

https://seeinberlin.com/2016/02/16/u-bahn-station-at-buelowstrasse-art-nouveau-jugendstil/

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s