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Architectural Mix: The Stubenring

Wednesday April 27th, 2016

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If you are looking for a series of small, homely dormitories at the Stubenring – according to the motto “Come in the good room” – this will soon give way to frustration. But where does the name “Stubenring”, which describes the section of the Viennese Ringstrasse between Franz Josefs-Kai and Parkring, come from?

Without doubt it hangs with the “Stubenbastei” and the “Stubentor”, one of the original city gates of Vienna. According to stories, however, the name goes back to the medieval bathhouses: these were public baths, in which the people washed themselves in wooden tubs and with watering cans as hand-held showers. However, this origin is not occupied.

Ludwig Baumann: architect of the k.u.k. Ministry of War

“You know, my colleagues have whispered, when I once gave myself at the Café Prückel my coffee. Because they thought the k.u.k. Ministry of War was not up-to-date. Otto Wagner thought, with his Art nouveau, he would have created a new era. On account of – Archduke Franz Ferdinand knew that a representative building also has a corresponding ‘Reichsstil’. And finally, he was the one who gave the order for it. “Ludwig Baumann would probably tell us this way if he were to report on his work on the government buildings that were completed in 1913. As a protégé of the heir to the throne, he enjoyed many privileges, but above all he had in him a strong as well as a conservative supporter. Perhaps Otto Wagner and his pupils were simply a thorn in the eye? We do not know it.

Post for the Art Nouveau

In front of the government building, not far from the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, stands the monument of the patron Radetzky, who, in honor of Johann Strauss Vater, composed the world-famous “Radetzkymarsch”. Less musically, but really fast do the employees of the headquarters of “Bawag P.S.K work, which was the “k.u.k. Postsparkasse” in earlier times. One could be almost envious of this address, but the eight-floor building is one of the most famous art nouveau buildings in Vienna.

“Baumann can still hide behind the Archduke. A major building will his Ministry of War never be. I tend to say, ‘something impractical can never be beautiful’, therefore the k.u.k. Postsparkasse both – are beautiful and practical. Do you recognize the money stores made of the granite and marble slabs on the facade? Brilliant, I must say. Brilliant “, we imagine Otto Wagner’s words of praise to himself right, as we find.

Arts and Culture

The artists of the “MAK” (Austrian Museum of Applied Art) may find some inspiration when looking at the “Postsparkasse” or strolling along the Stubenring. When it comes to a break, Café Prückel is especially appreciated, as was the case with Ludwig Baumann. Today, it is even under monument protection. As one of the oldest Viennese coffee houses, it enchants with a very special ambience, not least thanks to its 1950s style.

It is therefore apparent that the Stubenring has a lot to offer, especially for those who are interested in the colorful mixture of different architectural styles. It is worth not only a view from the outside, but also into the buildings inside – alone the stairwell of the “Postsparkasse” is worth seeing.