The Charlottenburger Gate is located on the western entrance to Tiergarten – on the border between districts of Mitte and Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. The structure was built around 1908 in neobaroque style.
The building oft he Charlottenburger Gate was connected with the reconstruction of the bridge on Landwehrkanal, so that both ships and landtransport could be accommodated.
The design of the new structure was chosen in 1900 through an open competition, won by Bruno Jautschus, although the finished complex differs somewhat from the original concept.
From Tiergarten’s side, two statues are placed on each side of the gate, one of the Ist King of Prussia – Friedrich I, and on the other side one of his wife, Sophie Charlotte, after whom the district of Cahrlottenburg is named.
The construction was finished in 1908.
During World War II, in 1945, when the battle of Berlin took place, German troops clashed on the bridge with attacking Polish division. During the defense the bridge was heavily damaged by artillery fire.
Although the bridge crossing was restored right after the war, due to complicated history of the post war Berlin, the Charlottenburger Gate itself remained mostly damaged, with renovation works lasting until the 1980’s
The Gate was fully restored and brought to its current state in 2007
See my other entries on XIX Century buildings in Berlin:
Hotel Splendid: https://seeinberlin.com/2016/01/11/art-nouveau-traces-in-berlin-1-splendid-hotel/
Roter Adler: https://seeinberlin.com/2016/03/01/art-nouveau-traces-in-berlin-roter-adler-hotel-michaelsen-palais/
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Homage, not homige