In hardly any other cosmopolitan city is great history so omnipresent
as in Vienna: behind magnificent facades, there are magnificent
rooms as well as exciting stories.
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Around 1900, Vienna was the focus of attention and an object of fascination for both the old and up-and-coming social elites. The metropolis on the Danube River was considered the capital of the high nobility and liberal intellectuals at the turn of the century. It stood for an avant-garde school of thought, which deliberately sought to break with tradition, away from the monarchy, and towards the New Objectivity. Within a few years, a number of internationally renowned buildings that still characterise Vienna’s cityscape to this day were created under the direction of the great art nouveau architect, Otto Wagner. The stylistic idiom of the buildings, with their floral and geometric patterns, was also carried over into the fine arts.
The Wiener Werkstätte and its founders Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann created artistic handicrafts of the highest quality. Artists such as Gustav Klimt and Ego Schiele took painting to new heights and left a lasting impression on Vienna. Besides the Secession Building, which served as the headquarters of the young artists’ group, there are many other architecturally interesting buildings in Vienna which still preserve the time’s spirit of optimism.
Josefstadt receives its name in honor of the crown prince and later emperor Joseph I. Numerous noble palaces such as Auersperg, Damian, Schönborn and Strozzi are built.
Josefstadt is appointed the 8th district of Vienna. The district boundary is moved northwards to Alser Straße, but it is still the smallest district in Vienna in terms of area.
The peak of the Gründerzeit begins. During this phase, residential construction in Josefstadt was strongly oriented towards the magnificent and representative buildings of the Ringstrasse.
The Skoda Street, named after the doctor Josef of Škoda, is created. The primary and professor of internal medicine is considered the head of the younger Viennese medical school. He created the basis of modern diagnostics.
The Vienna city railroad is built. For the first time, Art Nouveau, influenced by Otto Wagner, was applied in the architectural design. The station buildings and the former Stadtbahnbögen on the Gürtel still characterize the cityscape today.
The Gründerzeit house at Skodagasse 15 is built. Its architect, Arpad Mogyorosy, was a representative of the moderate modernism that was highly appreciated at that time.
At Skodagasse 20 the Vienna City Theater is opened. It was planned by the important Budapest theater architect Oskar Kaufmann.
The Austrian politician Ernst Ritter von Streeruwitz lives at Skodagasse 15. In 1929 he holds the office of Federal Chancellor for several months.
The House of Books is built on the site of the City Theater at Skodagasse 20 and is used by the Vienna Libraries until the settlement of the new Vienna Main Library on the Neubaugürtel.
The historical center of Vienna, as well as the eastern part of the Josefstadt, is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Under the leadership of 3SI Immogroup, the historically valuable Gründerzeit building at Skodagasse 15 is being carefully revitalized. The Masterpiece creates a unique combination of classical elegance and modern aesthetics.