Architect: Hans Thaler
Friedrichstraße 3, Munich
In 1890, with the incorporation of the city, a building boom had begun in Schwabing. Numerous new apartment buildings were constructed 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.
All of the design elements typical of Art Nouveau are present on the listed apartment building on Friedrichstrasse: geometric and floral forms in the façade decoration, ornate gables, bay windows, balconies, and a raised corner design.
The rich geometric shapes and floral motifs can be found on the facade as well as on the wrought-iron balcony grilles.