Berlin: Protestant Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross) with Parsonage

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architekten: Ernst und Günther Paulus
Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

1927 – 1929

Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Hohenzollerndamm 130, Berlin

The Protestant Church of the Holy Cross was built together with the adjacent parsonage between 1927 and 1929 according to the plans of the archi­tects Ernst Paulus and Günther Paulus.

Ernst Paulus was initially an employee of the archi­tec­tural firm of Hans Grisebach and August Dinklage in Berlin. When Grisebach left in 1901, Dinklage made Ernst Paulus his new partner, and the office was now called Dinklage and Paulus.

In 1910, Dinklage in turn left this office, Paulus continued it with Olaf Lilloe as a new partner. In 1925 he ended the coope­ration with Lilloe and founded an office together with his son Günther Paulus.

This partnership continued until Ernst Paulus‘ death in 1936.

As early as 1911, Ernst Paulus had won the compe­tition for the Schmargendorf church. Construction was to have begun in 1916, but work was halted due to labor shortages during the First World War.

It was not until December 1927 that the foundation stone could be laid for a building that had been redesigned in the meantime and was based on the archi­tec­tural style of brick expressionism.

The clinker-clad complex consists of three buildings lined up next to each other, which are opened up in the west by a blue-glazed pagoda porch designed by the sculptor Felix Kupsch.

The bell tower is adjoined on one side by the rectory and the sexton’s office, and on the other side by a cloister connecting the tower with the domed church.

Striking features of the facade are the zigzag friezes and spiral bars of Oldenburg clinker.

The octagonal interior is painted with a zigzag pattern that largely corre­sponds to the original wall painting.

Originally, it was executed in stronger colors according to a design by Erich Wolde. The blue of the pews is the only remaining original color.

 

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927-1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

Kreuzkirche, 1927–1929. Architects: Ernst and Günther Paulus

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