The expansion of the Hackesche Courtyards began in 1700 by Friedrich Wilhelm I, from Spandau. The former suburb became a new urban district. The district hasn't lost the cosmopolitan diversity since the jewish migrants and exiled french huguenots lived nearby.
1858 Hans Quiltz, a glass manufacturer acquired a licence for commercial use in the property.
1907 Kurt Berndt and August Endell, a property developer and an architect took over the property and restored Hof 1 in Art Nouveau style with ceramic tiles designed by Endell.
1933 Jacob Michael former jewish owner is forced into exile and the property becomes foreign asset.
1945 the Soviet Military Administration requisitioned the property.
1951 a tenant's association opposed the destruction of its origianl Jugenstil facade and turned the building in communally resident-owned.
1993 the property is returned to Jacob Michael's legal heirs.
1995 Restoration begins under a consortium including a resident´s association, private investors, local authorities, and Berlin architect´s Weiss and Partner.
1997 The restoration was completed as a renaissance of the original 20th century use and style. The facade was modernised, the arch at the entrance is a completely new addition. It was a central development in the urban renewal since reunification.
It is part of Berlin's new quest for renewal and reinvention, it represents the exuberant convergence of life and lifestyle.
"There's many places with this kind of charm in Berlin, small privately owned shops, nice buildings (in other parts some are grittier) but you get the idea!" -Astrid Paramita, Developer/Designer & Founder.
Rosenthaler Straße 40 -41, 10178 Berlin, Germany