Statues - Hither & Thither

Germany
Frankfurt am Main
Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Hessen

Bethmannstraße 3 / Buchgasse / Limpurgergasse
(Neues Rathaus - Südbau)

Fassadenfiguren am Südbau des Neuen Rathauses

Façade statues on the South Building of the New Town Hall

Friedrich Christoph Hausmann
c. 1908

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Description

Entrance portal: Architects

The entrance of the south wing of the New Town Hall on Bethmanstraße is flanked by two bronze statues of Frankfurt architects of the 17th century, sculpted by Hausmann:

  1. Konrad Koler, architect of the portals of the Römerhof in 1602. He holds a drawing of the portal in his hand.
  2. Johann Wilhelm Dilich (Kassel 1600 - 1657), Engineer and city architect of Frankfurt from 1628 to 1657, built the fortifications in the Thirty Years' War. He holds a fortification plan in his hand. (Wikipedia).

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    Konrad Koler
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    Johann Wilhelm Dilich

At the top of the portal are the heads of Ludwig Neher (1850-1916; Wikipedia) and Franz von Hoven (1842-1924; Wikipedia), the architects of the New Town Hall.

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Ludwig Neher
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Franz von Hoven

Between the windows of the second and third floors are 23 reliefs showing a half figures representing trades, and important 19th century Frankfurt artists and entrepeneurs, flanked by coats of arms or objects of their trade.

Representatives of crafts necessary for the satisfaction of basic human needs

Bethmannstraße, in three groups of three:

Frankfurt am Main - Fassadenfiguren am Südbau des Neuen Rathauses

    (Left) Bauwesen - Building
  1. Zimmermann / Carpenter
  2. Maurer / Mason
  3. Schlosser / Locksmith

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    (Center) Nahrungswersen - Nurture

  4. Fleischer / Butcher
  5. Bäcker / Baker
  6. Brauer / Brewer

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    (Right) Kleidungswesen - Clothing

  7. Schuhmacher / Shoemaker
  8. Kürschner / Furrier
  9. Schneider / Tailor

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Representatives of the arts

Buchgasse, northern section
  1. Dichter / Poet: Friedrich Stoltze (Frankfurt am Main 1816 - Frankfurt am Main 1891), poet and writer who was best known for his poems in Frankfurt dialect (Wikipedia).
  2. Maler / Painter: Philipp Veit (Berlin 1793 - Mainz 1877), Philipp Veit (Wikipedia).
  3. Architect: Rudolf Heinrich Burnitz (Frankfurt am Main 1827 - Frankfurt am Main 1880), architect of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Wikipedia).
  4. Bildhauer / Sculptor: Eduard Schmidt von der Launitz (Grobin/Kurland 1797 - Frankfurt am Main 1869), sculptor of several monuments in Frankfurt, with a model of the Guiolett Monument in his hands (Wikipedia).
  5. Schauspieler / Actor: Friedrich Samuel Hassel (Frankfurt am Main 1798 - Frankfurt am Main 1876), actor and singer, depicted playing the role of the woolen and cotton vendor Hampelmann from the play by Carl Malß (Wikipedia).

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Die drei Stände / The three Estates

Buchgasse, tower
  1. Nährstand / Commoners - Bauer / Farmer
  2. Wehrstand / Nobility - Ritter / Knight
  3. Lehrstand / Clergy - Lehrer / Teacher

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In the tower façade at the Limpurgergasse:

  1. Dompatron Bartholomäus mit der Kaiserkrone / Catherdrail patron saint Bartholomew with the imperial crown.
    Saint Bartholomew the Apostle the Apostle, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. Protector of shepherds and winegrowers. His attribute is a knife, which signifies the way in which he died (Wikipedia)..

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    St. Bartholomew

Representatives of technical science

A further group of five, because it was covered by scaffolding we took no detail photos.
  1. Johann Albert Eytelwein (Frankfurt am Main 1764 - Berlin 1848), creator of modern hydraulic engineering. (Wikipedia).
  2. Peter Schmick (Rothenbergen 1833 - Frankfurt am Main 1899), engineer builder of the Upper and Lower Main Bridge. (Wikipedia).
  3. Johann Simon Fries, founder of the Sachsenhäser Maschinenfabrik. (Wikipedia).
  4. Samuel Thomas Soemmering (Thorn 1755 - Frankfurt am Main 1830), physician, anatomist, anthropologist, paleontologist and inventor of the electric telegraph (Wikipedia).
  5. Rudolf Christian Böttger (Aschersleben 1806 - Frankfurt am Main 1881), chemist, inventor of gun cotton. (Wikipedia).

Frankfurt am Main - Fassadenfiguren am Südbau des Neuen Rathauses
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Signature

(Bronze statues) Signed: Mod. Prof. F. Hausmann Frankfurt a/M. - getr. G. Knodt Frankfurt a/M.

Annotation

Built 1900-1908 after designs from the architects Ludwig Neher and Franz von Hoven.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Carpenter
  • Chemist
  • Dilich, Johann Wilhelm
  • Engineer
  • Eytelwein, Johann
  • Façade with statues (secular)
  • Farmer
  • Fries, Johann Simon
  • Furrier
  • Hassel, Friedrich Samuel
  • Hausmann, Friedrich Christoph
  • Hoven, Franz von
  • Inventor
  • Knight
  • Koler, Konrad
  • Launitz (bust), Eduard Schmidt von der
  • Mason
  • Neher, Ludwig
  • Painter
  • Schmick, Peter
  • Sculptor
  • Shoemaker
  • Singer
  • Smith
  • Soemmering, Samuel Thomas
  • Stoltze, Friedrich
  • Tailor
  • Teacher
  • Town Hall
  • Veit, Philipp
  • Writer / poet
  • Location N 50°6'36" E 8°40'48"

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