Politics and Culture in Wilhelmine Germany: The Case of Industrial Architecture

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Industrial Architecture and Municipal Politics: The Experience of a Single Town

The small industrial town of Delmenhorst, situated on the eastern fringe of the predominantly rural Oldenburg region, is at first sight an unlikely location in which to search for landmarks in the history of German design. The architectural tourist trail, which each year brings growing numbers of visitors to Behrens's AEG complex in Berlin, and even to little Alfeld in search of the Fagus-Werk, by-passes Delmenhorst altogether, preferring instead the rival attractions of Bremen, its historic Hanseatic neighbour. After many centuries as a minor staging post on the coach road to Oldenburg, and several decades as a dormitory town for Bremen-bound commuters, Delmenhorst has learnt to live with obscurity. Its absence from the guide books today arouses less concern in the local community than the levels of unemployment and crime, both rising as the town's economy enters a period of transition.

In the first decade of this century, however, Delmenhorst enjoyed an all too brief spell in the limelight, as a centre of artistic and political innovation. The rare but auspicious conjunction of a young left liberal mayor, a progressive local manufacturer, and an ambitious modern architect was responsible for this intriguing episode in the town's history, which has since been forgotten elsewhere in Germany, but at the time represented perhaps the most complete demonstration of the Werkbund idea in action. The particular combination of individuals and circumstances which makes the case of Delmenhorst so interesting, was of course unique, but the town's development was in other ways quite typical, illustrating many of the trends discussed in previous chapters. For this reason, the following pages examine Delmenhorst's industry, architecture and politics in the Wilhelmine period, focusing in particular on the relationship between the mayor Erich Koch, the industrialist Gustav Gericke, and the architect Heinz Stoffregen.


Delmenhorst's 'Unforeseen Advance'

Delmenhorst had been granted its first civic charter as early as 1371, but

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