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Tripping the light fantastic – #19

This is the Lampenfabrik – the Lamp Factory.

In fact, it used to be a lot more besides that and it almost became nothing once the politicians got it into their heads that it was an eyesore.

Talk about a lack of vision.

It was originally an iron and bronze foundry built in 1899 for the Gasapparat- und Gusswerk AG (Gas Fittings and Foundry plc) who made street lamps and similar bits and pieces.

Hugely famous outfit – most major cities were customers.

The Reichstag was, too.

Since 1925, it’s been home to lamp manufacturers, carpenters, artists and furniture dealers and things were ticking over in quite a jolly manner until the “Tear it down and build something ugly” brigade became vocal.

Countered by those good souls of the “Let’s build something special” faction. Who won.

So now we have the original structure on the left, the addition on the right and a glass-covered atrium linking the two.

Bloody excellent place. Good gallery, good exhibitions sponsored by the Handwerkskammer (Chamber of Trade).

Just goes to show what you can do if you set your mind to it.

This entry was published on 7 March, 2007 at 10:40. It’s filed under Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “Tripping the light fantastic – #19

  1. Pingback: Bonjour, Monsieur – #1471 | Mainz Daily Photo

  2. >Honest AbeMy photo doesn’t truly do it justice. I never cease to enjoy the experience of the spaciousness and light.And the free drinks and nibbles at the PVs, of course….

  3. >Nice looking combination of the old and the new.

  4. >If the building looks like the photo then it is a beautiful place indeed. And your comments about it are worth reading. Good post.

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