Fritz Henßler House

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The FHH seen from Bornstrasse

The Fritz-Henßler-Haus is a communal youth and meeting center in Dortmund .

Coordinates: 51 ° 31 ′ 2.8 "  N , 7 ° 28 ′ 13.5"  E


As early as May 5, 1929, the first communal “House of Youth” in Germany was set up and opened at the current location of the Fritz Henßler House. The background was to offer the children and young people of low-income sections of the population in the nearby northern city a central meeting point. After its destruction in World War II, calls were soon made for this house to be rebuilt.

However, the new house should now be open to young people and adults as a house of youth and as a house of education. In addition to the offers for young people, the Fritz-Henßler-Haus became the seat of the adult education center , the Rheinisch-Westfälischer Auslandsinstitut and the Stadtbildstelle.

The foundation stone was laid on December 14, 1955 by Lord Mayor Dietrich Keuning . The first post-war mayor Fritz Henßler served as the namesake of the house . After almost a year of construction, the house was inaugurated and opened on October 25, 1956.

Entrance area of ​​the event hall

The result is a building with four wings with different storey heights in the architectural style of the 1950s. The cultural center of the building was the event hall with 306 seats as well as cloakroom and ancillary rooms. A library with a reading room was also set up, which is now a youth café. In addition to the lecture hall and garden hall, there were numerous work rooms in the cellars.

Since 1998 the Fritz-Henßler-Haus has been registered as an architectural monument in the list of monuments of the city of Dortmund .

In 2006–2008, the building was renovated inside and out for around 2.7 million euros.


The flagship of the Fritz-Henßler-Haus is the children's circus Circus Fritzantino , which has existed since 1977 . Founded as part of a project with children, it is one of the oldest children's and youth circus groups in Germany. The circus was a participant in all five international children's and youth circus festivals in Cologne. For 2006, the circus planned to host the 1st International Children and Youth Circus Festival in Dortmund, in which nine circus groups from four European countries were to take part.

The event hall of the Fritz-Henßler-Haus is used today for music, cinema and theater events.

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Individual evidence

  1. No. A 0967. List of monuments of the city of Dortmund. (PDF) (No longer available online.) In: - Das Dortmunder Stadtportal. Monument Authority of the City of Dortmund, April 14, 2014, archived from the original on September 15, 2014 ; accessed on June 12, 2014 (size: 180 kB). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. High-tech with the charm of the 50s , accessed on February 13, 2012.