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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 5, 1968, Darmstadt, HessePreservim6 old ornate statues on facades of apartments have been rescued from wreckers blows. By Peter Kuhrt staff writer greek style statues were knocked off their pedestals bosom Mer maids fell victim to the wrecking Ball fanciful stucco ornaments were scraped off. The cleanup Fervour of architects an builders during West Berlin s postwar reconstruction period resulted in functional uncluttered House fronts and for a while everyone thought this was in the last few years the Public attitude changed. The berliners looked up their modern but Bare facades and decided something was lacking that the turn of the Century structures had in worries were shared at City Hall so about three years ago the City government launched a restoration project to Rescue what Little was left of the historic decoration or just Plain old architectural frosting of Imperial motto re tet Den stuck save the stucco. Under the preservation ordinance the City provides financial assistance to homeowners who agree to keep the ornate fronts of their apartment build Ings in their original state. Municipal Aid was confined Only to worthwhile specimens though with six areas declared protected construction districts meaning they came under official Monument Protection Are located in three boroughs Charlottenburg Kreuzberg and Spandau where some of these houses had sur Vived wartime of these structures had been put up in the 70-year period that saw Ber Lin s most rapid growth and expansion from the mid-19th Century to the 1920s.their appearance reflects the Chang ing architectural tastes of those Days biedermeier prussian baroque Neo classicism or just Gingerbread monstrous not Long ago this conglomeration of styles is now get ing the Loving care of High priced rejuvenator and Are the growth rings of Ber Lin. We want to Wear them with dig nity said Werner Duettmann City construction the save the stucco Campaign layers of grime Are being scrubbed off crumbling plaster re placed Gypsum goddesses and Cupil repaired and whole blocks repainted. Obviously we can t compete with such cities As Paris or London said another City official but we still Havethe obligation to preserve whatever has survived of pre War Berlin if it is one of the areas where the City Beauty treatment has been almost completed is Charlottenburg s Christ Strasse a few blocks from Charlottenburg Castle. Flanked by four and five Story apartment buildings with neoclassic fronts it used to be just another Tene ment , the Street sports a Bright look and if it weren t for the cars parked along the curb one might think it was a throwback to Berlin s gaslight Era. The restoration projects also included leaving the original Gas Lampland ornate water pumps on the Side walks before the face lifting the buildings not Only presented shabby exteriors but also had atrocious sanitary conditions inside. Many houses had Only one Hall Way toilet for 15 apartments and some Flats could be reached Only by Way of neighbouring units. As part of the Christ Strasse Resto rations the number of apartments in each building was reduced to eight said a City report each with its own bathroom tiled Kitchen Central heating and hot and cold water. Each apartment was newly Laid out so that the living area no longer faces the Street. But looks out on a sure indication of Christ Strasse City sponsored Renaissance it has be come a regular Stop for tourist bus Tours of West Berlin. Otoi a unto nest Strasse apartments Are now treasured examples of neoclassic Berlin original Gas lamps add historic touch. 1968 the stars and stripes stucco statues Are now Berlin Vogue. Page 13

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