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Haus Des Volkes Probstzella

Probstzella, Germany
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Cafe pavilion after renovation

The "Haus des Volkes" in Probstzella, a village in the Thuringian Slate Mountains nature reserve, was built for the industrialist Franz Itting and conceived as a hotel to attract tourists to the region and as cultural center for the local population. It was planned and realised by the Bauhaus architect Alfred Arndt, a teacher at the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1929 to 1932.

The Haus des Volkes building, which has been listed since 1995, but in a derelict state, was acquired by two Probstzella residents at an auction in 2003 and has since been renovated and opened as a hotel.

The historically accurate restoration of the cafe pavilion - using evidence and Arndt's own colour specifications - earned the building the German Facade Prize in 2005.

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grolberg, March 21st, 2011
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