July 7, 1997 |
Talking to retired Kellermeister Lothar Wrosch, the grit, traffic and pardon-our-dust signs of modern Berlin slip out of mind and you can almost hear the clopping of horses' hooves and feel the cool, damp air of a turn-of-the-century wine cellar. Wrosch spent his youth tending the vintages in the vast cave of the Hotel Adlon, between-the-wars Berlin's answer to the Ritz or the Plaza, and he is proud to tell of it. To this day, he has kept his dogeared wine lists.
June 22, 1991 |
A small town in Germany just got smaller. As the reality of the historic Bundestag vote to move the capital to Berlin began to sink in Friday, this bucolic "federal village" on the Rhine anxiously pondered a future without its sole industry: government. Mayor Hans Daniels and the City Council adopted a slew of resolutions demanding compensation for the university town of 300,000, where one-third of the population relies on Bonn's being the capital for their livelihood.
May 8, 1995 |
In a solemn open-air ceremony timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the fall of Nazi Germany, Berlin's stunning New Synagogue was reopened Sunday after decades in ruins. "Our burden of responsibility is very high," said Jerzy Kanal, chairman of the Jewish Community of Berlin, which represents a much-reduced population of about 10,000. "We must fill this house with new life, and not just old Jewish history."
December 26, 1999 |
Once again, architecture is taking center stage! Or so it seems with the increasing number of cities that are hoping major new cultural landmarks will make them the next stop on the tourist train. This year, Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art hired Frank Gehry to design a major new addition. London is about to open its new Richard Rogers-designed Millennium Dome, with the queen in attendance, and the Basel-based Herzog & de Meuron is designing the new De Young Museum building in San Francisco.
July 26, 1997 |
Of all the renovated streets and plazas of this soon-to-be-rebuilt capital, the most splendid is to be Pariser Platz, the square directly in the late-afternoon shadows of Berlin's pillared Brandenburg Gate. Already, a stately hotel is nearing completion on the square, prestigious future bank buildings are tantalizingly veiled by scaffolding and plans have been selected for the future French and British embassies. The United States is to be part of Pariser Platz's restored classical elegance too.
January 26, 2001 |
Before East German Communist leader Walter Ulbricht blew it up 51 years ago, the Berlin Palace was the architectural signature of this city for 250 years, and the adjacent Palace Square was the bustling heart of the Prussian Empire. Now, the priceless central real estate yawns wastefully empty but for illegally parked cars, an abandoned and asbestos-laden Communist-era culture center and another shoddy postwar building about to be closed for renovation.