The granary made of Bernese sandstone was built between 1711 and 1715 according to plans by the brothers Hans Jakob and Abraham Dünz the Younger . The existing urban grain to 1798 office to which the grain house belonged administratively was created 1482 and with the Kollaturen equipped to Kirchberg, Utzenstorf, Kriegstetten and Rudswil including tithe, bonds and ground rents. The Corn Office was administered by a corn lord of the Small Council until 1617, then the Grand Council. Wine and grain were stored in the granary for the purpose of paying city salaries.
In 1895, the municipality of Bern had the building converted into a trade museum by the architect Paul Adolphe Tièche , with a post office being quartered on the ground floor. Between 1896 and 1898 the cellar was turned into a large festival hall by the architect Friedrich Schneider , and after a competition Rudolf Münger was commissioned to paint it with literary and poetic frescoes . Here you will find the Kornhauskeller restaurant , popularly known as Chübu ( Bern German for "bucket"). In addition, the Kornhaus now houses the main library of the Kornhaus libraries , a stage and the box office of the Bern City Theater , a café and a forum for exhibitions, panel discussions, symposia, lectures, video programs, readings and concerts.
- Bernhard Furrer , Jürg Keller: The Kornhaus in Bern. The change of a monument through the centuries , in: Art + Architecture in Switzerland: Jg. 50 (1999), pp. 79–80.
- Information, pictures, videos and 360 panoramas from the Kornhaus Bern - Bern Tourismus website
- Bernhard Furrer , Jürg Keller: From the Kornhaus to the Kulturhaus. (PDF; 12.9 MB) The gradual change of an architectural monument. In: Interior renovation and new use 1997–1998. Planning and Building Department of the City of Bern, October 1998, p. 19 , accessed on February 25, 2018 (article in the inauguration brochure).