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Hamburg Ballie/Meßberghof (#0003)

The available sources on this building next to Chilehaus were confusing. The Wikipedia page, in German, indicates that the building was constructed from 1922 to 1924 and was called the Balli house for Albert Ballin, the founder of HAPAG shipping line (now HAPAG-Lloyd). Since Ballin was Jewish, the building was renamed in 1938 for the nearby road, Meßberghof.

 

The confusion is about the statues. The reason I took the picture was the statues that are above the ground floor and continue around the building (see adjacent picture). Per the UNESCO site (below), the statues were by Ludwig Kunstmann, are of Elbe sandstone, and were designed when the building was built. The doesn't seem to describe the statues that were my focus. Per the Wikimedia page the figures are by Lothar Fischer who was not born until 1933, after the building was finished. I could not find an English-language page to verify this about Fischer, but other works by him suggest that the statues are by him.

 

de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meßberghof

whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/1367/

commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kontorhausviertel

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Taken on May 2, 2015