December 8, 2018 Subject:
Bayerischer Platz Landshuter Strasse Schöneberg
Photographer stands with his back to Grunewaldstrasse and looks north. In the image's center: the grotto of Bayerischer Platz, in the background view into Landshuter Strasse. Right of the large building starts Speyerer Strasse (axis of the Street abandoned after WWII). This square constitutes the center of Bayerisches Viertel (Bavarian Quarter) - a residential area for upper and higher middle Class until WWI. It was - according to a statement in 1930 of the project developper Georg Haberland (Berlinische Bodengesellschaft) a masterpiece to design the Bayerischer Platz square from which eight streets go off creating ten (expensive to buy) corner lots. - This square was one of the mosten often photographed squares of Schoeneberg around 1900, then a city independent from Berlin. Design and construction of Bayerisches Viertel was a private initiative which offered an high quality residential area to upper middle class at the turn of the 20th century. It was not developed according to the demand but the offer was seeking a demand. Schöneberg was then in a competetive situation with the neigbouring cities of Wilmersdorf and Charlottenburg regarding the gain of wealthy tax payers .