Office building (Lübeck)

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Chancellery building
Arcades of the office building

The office building (then Schriverie ) was built in 1485 after a five-year construction phase in the Gothic style and is located north of Lübeck's town hall on Breiten Straße .


In 1588 and 1614 the building was extended in the brick renaissance style up to Mengstraße. It was the seat of the notaries and council clerks who also kept the Niederstadtbuch here from 1277 to 1863 , which today is an important historical source. In the arcades of the basement, which were open until 1818, there were stalls where furriers and shoemakers had their shops and workshops. At the beginning of the 19th century the office building housed the passport and stamp office, the registry with the state archive and the office of the beer tasting.

After that, the building also served as a police building and during this time the citizens of Lübeck referred to it as the largest vending machine in the city. It often happened that young people broke the windows with stones and a policeman came out downstairs immediately. There is a bay window above the rabbit gate on the east side of the building. The police officer had his seat in the adjoining room.

The office building was renovated in the 1920s and 1930s. The clinker floor designed by Asmus Jessen and, in 1939, the painting of a hall on the upper floor with eagle motifs (Eagle Hall) by Peter Thienhaus .

Until recently, the office building housed the tourist information and press office of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck . Now there is a café on the upper floor with three listed rooms, including the Adlersaal and the literary café, which works together with the Buddenbrookhaus across the street in Mengstrasse . In addition, part of the upper floor was used for office space. In the basement, after the reopening and glazing of the arcades on the east side, some shops opened at the end of 2005. The plans for this conversion come from Klaus Mai. On the west side there is an approx. 50 meter long arcade corridor that leads along the choir of Lübeck's Marienkirche to the north side of the town hall.


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Coordinates: 53 ° 52 ′ 3.6 ″  N , 10 ° 41 ′ 9.5 ″  E