Coburg: Main Post Office

Hauptpostamt, 1929-1931. Architekten: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer
Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

1929 – 1931

Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Hindenburgstraße 6, Coburg

The former main post office in Coburg was built from 1929 to 1931 according to plans by Robert Simm, Karl Meier and Georg Rosenauer in the New Objectivity style.

The four-story building with a narrow staircase tower and side wings is set back from Hindenburgstrasse and has a slightly curved facade.

Circumferential, flush-fitted window strips and the recessed entrance with three arched arcades in front charac­terize the white­washed plaster facade.

The building is constructed as a steel skeleton structure with demoun­table interior walls and non-bearing exterior walls of pumice concrete blocks.

Bayerische Postbauschule (Bavarian Postal Building School)

Like the post office on Goetheplatz in Munich, the post office in Coburg is a building from the so-called Bayerische Postbauschule (Bavarian Postal Construction School).

In 1920, a Postal State Treaty had been concluded between the German Reich and the State of Bavaria and Württemberg, resulting in the transfer of the Bavarian State Post Office to the German Reich Post Office.

Bavaria then received its own independent department of the Reichspost Ministry based in Munich.

Within this department, a separate postal construction department was set up for the first time, which was able to carry out its construction tasks completely independently within the framework of the funds allocated to it from the Reichspost budget.

The leading positions were filled by relatively young archi­tects such as 37-year-old Robert Poeverlein, who was appointed head of postal construction in Bavaria.

36-year-old Robert Vorhoelzer was appointed head of struc­tural engineering at the Oberpostdirektion in Munich.

Poeverlein and Vorhoelzer had been close friends since their student days, which resulted in an ideal cooperation.

Due to the cultural sover­eignty of the State of Bavaria, general approval was required for all buildings in Bavaria.

As an authority of the German Reich, however, the Post Office was not bound by these requirements.

Thus, although the respon­sible building autho­rities could very well raise concerns and make sugges­tions, the final decision ultimately rested solely with the postal administration.

Young archi­tects were attracted by the close coope­ration of all those involved, the indepen­dence and autonomy, and the openness to the ideas of Neues Bauen.

Initially, the Munich struc­tural engineering department of the Post Office under Robert Vorhoelzer, as well as the Nuremberg and Würzburg depart­ments, had been respon­sible for all of Bavaria’s eight senior post offices.

As the need for new buildings increased, Bamberg was given its own struc­tural engineering department headed by Robert Simm.

Heinrich Müller took over the Rheinpfalz and Georg Werner became the department head in Augsburg. Karl Schreiber took over the department in Regensburg.

The Postal Construction Department existed until 1934, when the law to simplify and cheapen adminis­tration abrogated the state treaties with Bavaria and Württemberg.

The Postal Construction Department in Munich was dissolved and its management trans­ferred to the Reichspost Ministry in Berlin.

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929-1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

Main post office, 1929–1931. Architects: Robert Simm, Karl Meier, Georg Rosenauer

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