Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


berliner dom circa 1905

Raschdorff’s Berliner Dom around 1905 (source unknown).

Berliner Dom, designed by Julius Raschdorff and consecrated #OTD – February 27 – 1905 in the presence of Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife, Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria.

The 98-metre high church, which at the same time is the tallest religious building in Berlin, felt like the #BER of its time: it took 11 years to build but even longer to decide HOW to build it. The 1867 architectural contest attended by 51 architects brought no winner.

It wasn’t until 1888 that a special committee finally decided on Julius Raschdorff’s design. It was a re-adjusted version of Raschdorff’s 1885 plans, which – like many others – failed to impress the decision-makers. The altered version came to be known as the “Twenty-Million-Project” (which tells you something about the cost of the enterprise).

This was not, however, the end of re-adjustments: in 1891 before finally giving his imperial consent Kaiser Wilhelm II demanded some further changes to Raschdorff’s design…

And speaking of designs: next to the 1905 photo of the Berliner Dom you will find some alternative ideas for Berlin’s main protestant temple – obviously, none of them was realised.

Orth August  (1828-1901): Berliner Dom

Berliner Dom design by August Orth (image via Architekturmuseum TU Berlin)

Spielberg Herrmann  (1827-1886): Berliner Dom

BD design by Hermann Spielberg (image via Architekturmuseum TU Berlin).

Kyllmann & Heyden : Berliner Dom. 1. Entwurf

The first BD design by Kyllmann & Heyden, who created the Kaiserpassage in Friedrichstraße/Behrenstraße (image via Architekturmuseum TU Berlin).

Adler Friedrich  (1827-1908): Berliner Dom

BD design by Friedrich Adler (image via Architekturmuseum TU Berlin).

Otto Wagners Entwurf für den Berliner Dom

BD design by Otto Wagner (image via Architekturmuseum TU Berlin).

2 comments on “A LONG WAY TO THE DOM

  1. penwithlit
    February 27, 2018

    Reblogged this on penwithlit.

  2. berlioz1935
    March 21, 2018

    Having seen the alternative designs I’m quite happy with the Dom at it is today. Inside it is a bit more opulent than one would expect from an Evangelical Church.


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