The Mossehaus blends Art Nouveau and New Objectivity forms of architecture in a long forgotten corner of Berlin. Discover ahead how the Mossehaus was the centre of print and revolution.

Print

The headquarters of the Rudolph Mosse Publishing House, it was once published some of Berlin’s most popular papers. This included, The Berliner Tageblatt, The Berliner Morgen-Zeitung, The Berliner Volks-Zeitung amongst many other papers, journals and magazines.

The original building in the art nouveau style opened in 1903. It was at the heart of Berlin’s busy newspaper scene in the district of Mitte. Today only the Axel-Springer Publishing house is still located where once numerous published houses stood.

Revolution

Rudolph Mosse, the founder, was a loyal friend of the last Kaiser, Kaiser Wilhelm II. Due to this after the fall of the German Empire and Kaiser at the end of the First World War, the communist uprising labelled as the Spartacist uprising led by Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg occupied the building. In the fighting that followed the facade of the building at the corner of Jerusalem and Schützenstraße was destroyed. Only rubble littering the street remained of the grand corner.

However, Rudolph Mosse was undeterred and he wished for his publishing house to be rebuilt but would not live to see it be. After the revolution was suppressed he also encouraged the German Government not to sign the Treaty of Versailles

Rebirth

The company fell into the hands of Mosse’s son-in-law, Hans Lachemm-Mosse. Where Rudolph had led a lavish life, living in a palace on Leipziger Platz, Hans, on the other hand, lived a modest existence in an apartment on Maaßenstraße near Nollendorfplatz. Hans, however, was determined to rebuild the business of his father in law, and hired the brilliant architect Erich Mendelssohn and also Richard Neutra.

Mendelssohn and Neutra injected modernity in the style of New Objectivity into the facade where the building had collapsed. A new sleek crisp facade rose two stories higher than before, crowning the old building with glass and lights.

Yet, as so often is the case in Berlin, the building did not escape the Nazis and the Second World War. Through Aryanisation the assets of the Mosse publishing house were auctioned off at the Rudolph Lepkes Auction House, (a building that was once located on Potsdamer Straße but was demolished to make way for Hitler and Speer’s new planned capital of Germania). The corner that was once destroyed before was once again destroyed this time through the allied bombardment.

Future

After the war, the facade was rebuilt albeit in a simpler manner. However, with the rejuvenation of this once forgotten corner of the city, there is hope that the building will once again return to the facade of Mendelssohn and become a reborn spectacle in Berlin.

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