A new building in the Wilhelmine style
The Carlton Hotel was in a prime location on the south side of Berlin's boulevard Unter den Linden No. 32 (today: No. 17), at the intersection with Charlottenstraße . Before that, the Hotel du Nord was at this location , and before that, the traditional Meinhardt's Hotel was in the same building . In 1902 the building of Meinhardt's Hotel , the structural condition of which no longer met modern requirements, was completely demolished and a new building in Wilhelmine style was built in its place by the architect Carl Gause . The facade of the new hotel with bay windows and tower domes made a defiant, historicist impression. A Mercury on the globe at the corner of the building protected the travelers' sleep. Reliefs on the facade of the building symbolize the parts of the world outside of Europe and thus indicate the internationality of the hotel's guests. The high windows in the piano nobile indicate the vast ballrooms. The owner of the building and the hotel was Mrs. A. Seifert, widow of the hotelier Seifert.
Standard and services
An advertisement for the new hotel shows that it started operations in the fall of 1903. From 1904 on, the hotel was also regularly included in the hotel list in the Berlin address book. It initially had 100 rooms. A travel guide from 1905 described the Carlton Hotel as “the youngest, but not yet fully consolidated” compared to the other Berlin hotels.
The hotel was connected to the Kons restaurant (later called Astoria ), which was run by the farm grooms Kons & Pfennings. The restaurant was known for its fine cuisine. The Baedeker travel guide from 1904 describes it as "modern".
Initially, not all of the rooms in the Carlton Hotel had their own private bathrooms. However, since travelers increasingly expected this from luxury hotels, 20 bathrooms had to be added to the building. In 1914 the hotel therefore had only 75 rooms, but 20 of them each had their own bathroom.
The hotel was closed in 1918
In 1918 the Carlton Hotel was still on the Berlin hotel list, but not in 1919. In 1919, the Carlton Hotel and Restaurant Astoria GmbH was named in liquidation as the owner of the building . The building now became the property of the Diskonto-Gesellschaft and in the following years was mainly used by official bodies. Later there was in the building z. B. the official Norwegian travel agency for many years.
Before 1945 the hotel building belonged to the Reich Treasury and was used by the Reich Ministry of Economics . It survived largely undamaged the Allied bombing of the Reich capital Berlin in the final phase of World War II . On the street Unter den Linden in the section between Friedrichstrasse and Charlottenstrasse, the building of the former Carlton Hotel is the only one that has been preserved from the pre-war development.
The later use of the building
1964–1966 a restaurant complex with the name " Lindencorso " was built next to the old building of the former hotel up to the widened Friedrichstraße . The open-plan offices of the German Building Academy of the GDR were on the upper floors . Today the Berlin headquarters of a world-famous software company and a digital restaurant ("digital eatery") are located in the building.
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