An extraordinary architectural gem

Berlin architecture: the Haus Fromberg

Berlin's Kurfürstenstraße is a curious thoroughfare. Somewhat bedraggled and rather insalubrious, it's still pock-marked with bomb site wastelands mingled with dreary post-war developments.

But it also harbours a few surprises, such as a scattering of quirky stores and cosmopolitan eateries. Or also, towards its western end, a cluster of grand, 19th-century urban villas that testify to the street's former glories.

And grandest of all is the extraordinary Haus Fromberg.

19th century villa in Kurfurstenstrasse, Berlin
A historic Berlin highlight: the Fromberg House
Fromberg Haus, Berlin: architectural details

Constructed in 1896 for the wealthy banker and businessman George Fromberg, it was designed by Wilhelm Albert Cremer, a prominent architect who lived by the adage that "anyone can build, but building beautifully is art".

And judging by this little-known Berlin beauty, it's hard to disagree.


See also:
Four hidden historic interiors
A 19th century villa district

Haus Fromberg: Kurfürstenstraße 132, 10785 Berlin

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