Philipp Helfmann

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Philipp Helfmann

Johann Philipp Helfmann (born October 7, 1843 in Kelsterbach , † October 19, 1899 in Frankfurt am Main ) was a German entrepreneur. The bricklayer, who came from Kelsterbach , moved from Kelsterbach to Frankfurt-Bornheim in 1872 , where he initially traded as a timber merchant and then shortly afterwards as a building contractor. In 1873 he was followed by his brother Balthasar Helfmann , who until then had worked as a self-employed locksmith in Frankfurt am Main . In 1874, the Bornheim address book recorded the company "Gebrüder Helfmann" for the first time.

After the death of his brother Balthasar, Philipp Helfmann converted the company into the " Aktiengesellschaft für Hoch- und Tiefbauten" in 1896 . After his death in 1899, his son-in-law, Hans Weidmann , who had been with the company since 1897, became chairman of the board. In 1921 the industrialist Hugo Stinnes took over the majority of the shares and integrated the construction company into his complex group. In 1922, the company headquarters was relocated to Essen, and in 1923 the company name (company) was changed to “ HOCHTIEF Aktiengesellschaft für Hoch- und Tiefbauten vorm. Gebrüder Helfmann ”changed, later Hochtief AG.

There was a clear division of labor between the two brothers. Philipp increasingly made the processing of banking transactions, which were gaining in importance from year to year, and the procurement of orders into his field of activity. Balthasar, on the other hand, was more concerned with building construction and, as the company grew, with monitoring.

The son-in-law of Philipp Helfmann, Hans Weidmann (1862–1948), who worked for the company for many years and recorded his story in an extensive chronicle, described Balthasar as the craftsman of the brothers. Philipp Helfmann is characterized as dominant, dynamic and far-sighted. As his son-in-law reports, he was probably a self-made man.

Streets in Eschborn (the Helfmann Park ), Kelsterbach (the workers' settlement Helfmannstraße ) and Darmstadt are named after Philipp Helfmann .


  • Manfred Pohl / Birgit Siekmann: HOCHTIEF and its history. From the Helfmann brothers to the 21st century. Piper 2000, 352 pp. ISBN 978-3-492-04270-3

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Individual evidence

  1. see Hessisches Staatsarchiv Marburg (HStAMR), Best. 903 No. 9469, p. 232 ( digitized version ).
  2. see Hessisches Staatsarchiv Marburg (HStAMR), Best. 903 No. 10530, p. 134 ( digitized version ).