Architect: Ferenc Nyilas
Franz-Joseph-Straße 19, Friedrichstraße 18, Munich
The richly stuccoed apartment building in Art Nouveau style was built in 1903 according to plans by the Hungarian architect Ferenc (Franz) Nyilas.
Inside the house, the staircase banisters, the apartment doors, the stuccoed ceilings and the tiled stoves encased in Art Nouveau tiles have been preserved.
In 1890, with the incorporation, a building boom had begun in Schwabing. Numerous new apartment buildings were built, and the studio apartments on the top floors were ideal for artists.
Literary figures and poets such as Frank Wedekind, Lion Feuchtwanger, Erich Mühsam, Stefan George and Oskar Maria Graf left their mark on the neighborhood. In addition, there were painters around the artists‘ association Der Blaue Reiter, which included Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Paul Klee, Gabriele Münter and Marianne von Werefkin.
Countess Franziska zu Reventlow, who had thrown in the towel with her aristocratic family and led an unconventional life in Munich as the Countess of Schwabing, created a literary monument to the artistic scene in the novel Herr Dames Aufzeichnungen oder Begebenheiten aus einem merkwürdigen Stadtteil.
She invented the nickname Wahnmoching for Schwabing, which took into account both Schwabing’s village-like and idealistic character.