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Calendar 2018 – Living in old Leipzig

Calendar 2018 - on sale from the end of August 2017!

The calendar for 2018 can be purchased for € 19 in the tourist information(Katharinenstraße 8, 04109 Leipzig), in bookshops and in many Leipzig Konsum stores.

Publisher: Leipzig Tourism and Marketing (LTM) GmbH in cooperation with the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig

Living in Leipzig around 1900

Throughout the second half of the 19th century, Leipzig became an important industrial and commercial location. The trade fair city grew rapidly and with it the need for living space.

The Leipzig real estate company, founded in 1872, had a significant influence on the housing construction of the city. It bought the mostly agriculturally used land at that time, especially the southern and northern suburbs, opened and sold them. With the construction boom around the turn of the century, the suburbs and incorporated villages developed into up-and-coming neighborhoods. The prosperity of the factory owners and merchants was reflected in the representative residential buildings and villas with their richly structured and decorative façades. At the end of the 19th century, impressive Wilhelminian style districts were created in Art Nouveau architecture, especially north and south of the historic city center.

However, there was an oversupply of large and very large apartments, some with ten or more rooms, so that the actual demand for accommodation with increasing population growth could not be met. Often, individual living quarters were subleased, and especially socially deprived families lived together in a small space. Individual private initiatives, such as those of the publisher Hermann Julius Meyer, improved the situation by building residential colonies. In open, mostly green plants, low-priced and modern quarters for working-class families were created. The construction of such settlements on the outskirts of the city experienced a tremendous upswing after 1910.

Thirteen motifs, most of which originated from the Atelier Hermann Walter in the period between 1866 and 1920, offer a view of living in the old city of Leipzig. Many of the Gründerzeit houses, the magnificent villas and the social housing estates were extensively renovated in recent decades and are now a listed building.

Title motif: Garden view of Villa Emil-Fuchs-Straße 6, around 1890

The Waldstraßenviertel is characterised by a dense population of representative residential buildings of the 19th century. The stately villa on Emil-Fuchs-Straße 6 (formerly Zöllnerstraße) was owned by the merchant and former city councilor CG in 1890 Schmidt-Söhlmann. It was built in 1869/70 and adorned with many decorative elements.

The spacious villa has a conservatory with cast-iron columns and a terrace with two adjoining verandas. The park-like landscaped garden extended to the Pleiße. After extensive refurbishment, the villa now primarily houses offices.

Available in the bookstore amongst other things at:

  • Buchhandlung Grümmer, Zschochersche Straße 18
  • Buchhandlung Hugendubel, Petersstraße 12–14
  • Ludwig Presse & Buch, PROMENADEN Hauptbahnhof
  • Thalia, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 8–14
  • Lehmanns Media, Grimmaische Straße 10
  • LeseLaune Taucha, Eilenburger Str. 4

Contact person

Jutta Amann
Senior Project Manager
City and regional marketing

+49 341 7104-355

Calendar 2018