Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


Here to pay honours to one of Berlin’s most important yet perhaps least publicly cherished architects, Hermann Blankenstein – whose buildings are so much part of the city’s tapestry that it is impossible to imagine Berlin without them – is a last year’s post briefly telling the story of the architect’s invaluable contribution.

You will find it following this link.

In the meantime, here are some of Hermann Blankenstein’s best known “works”. Remember his name next time you see them. You can, of course, read more about the brilliant architect’s Berlin works in “Notmsparker’s Berlin Companion” (Part Two to be published around Easter 2018).

Polizeipräsidium am Alexanderplatz (Alexanderstraße 5-6), also known as the Rote Burg (Red Fortress).

Irrenanstalt (Mental Asylum) Dallendorf in 1885 (image by FA Schwartz). The village later changed its name to Wittenau to avoid being associated with the madhouse but, as was to be expected, the said asylum changed its name accordingly, too. Later it was known as “Bonnie’s Ranch” after its chef, Karl Bonhoeffer. The name is still used.


Krankenhaus Am Urban around 1898.


Irrenanstalt Herzberge bei Lichtenberg, 1901. Now Königin-Herzberge-Krankenhaus (KEH), Lichtenberg. (image via KEH Archive).


Zentrale-Markthalle near Alexanderplatz around 1900.

Central Abbatoir in Pankow (locality: Prenzlauer Berg) – before the 1920 administrative reform of Berlin and until 1938 it was part of Friedrichshain.


Markthalle IX in Eisenbahnstraße, Kreuzberg – here in the 1920s. Today, it is next to Arminiushalle in Moabit one of two original Blankenstein market halls still in use and growing new audience. (Image via Markthalle IX).


  1. Gary Costello
    March 6, 2018

    Thank you as always, the sun is returning 😁

  2. fotoeins
    March 7, 2018

    I’ve always liked “then and now” pictures, but I particularly liked the visual of Markthalle IX from the 1920s.


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