Leipzig, is a city with an incredible history, believe me!
It was here that Goethe as a young student was inspired to write Faust. The Tavern, Auerbachs Keller which Goethe frequented and where the famous barrel scene in Faust took place is still very much in business. Not far away would have been the book shop where Friedrich Nietzsche by chance stumbled across the writings of (the so called pessimist) Arthur Schopenhauer, afterwards creating his own dynamite philosophy, the will to power, and superman. Just around the corner Martin Luther would have stayed in lodgings in 1519, summonsed to Leipzig from Wittenberg by the Papal Legal to explain what his protesting was all about, this Reformation! Walk a bit further and there is the church of St Thomas, where J.S.Bach worked as Cantor, he married twice and had twenty children. Many of these nimble little fingers were his scribes, helping him to get his music down on paper. Richard Wagner was born at Am Brühl in 1813 the year Napoleon came to town, popping in for another war after his defeat in Russia in 1812. Gustav Mahler, Edward Greig, Robert Schumann, Clare Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn all lived and worked in Leipzig. The brilliant Leibnitz who was philosopher, scientist, theologian, mathematician, diplomat, and writer was born in the city, developing his own Differential Calculus independently of Isaac Newton. The Leipzig list just goes on and on!
Architecture in the city is as famous and diverse as the former citizens just mentioned. Goethe calling Leipzig my little Paris. From old Fachwerk, or timber framed houses, to Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, Classical, Historical, and Bauhaus, all styles are to be seen in and around the city. The two most prominent styles are Gründerzeit and Jugendstil. Gründerzeit began around the time of the second German Empire and Bismarck, Jugendstil which is the German version of Art Nouveau was popular from circa the1890s up to 1910. Jugendstil can be like Art Nouveau flowing lines and influences by nature. It can also be more geometrical with squares and straight lines, I have a preference for the geometrical, the German style.
Directly after reunification Leipzig was not a pretty sight, many houses were derelict and falling down. The German economy was not good so the money was simply not there to carry out the necessary renovation work, sadly many beautiful building were torn down. In recent years the economy has improved enormously and many beautiful building are being restored to their former glory. An important part of any building restoration are of course the windows. The old windows in these houses are often very beautiful but sadly no longer dicht as they say in German. Dicht means, sealing correctly, and of course windows that allow cold air in during a bitterly cold winter are not much use. Germany as you know is famous for re cycling, but who wants old windows, and what can you do with the old painted wood. I hate to see beautiful things thrown away, and so, have been collecting windows of all shapes and sizes for a while now. Recently I have started to make wardrobes, bookcases, and all kinds of cabinets from windows. Here is a photo of a simple Jugendstil window 1m x 192cm which I made into a Wardrobe 216cm x 1m x 60cm. I have a limited amount of these windows, which come from a house in the eastern suburbs of Leipzig. The top window of the Wardrobe with its thin wooden divisions are not so easy to get, I have only two of these.
If you are interested in securing a Drinks Cabinet, Book case, Wardrobe etc made from beautiful old Leipzig windows, please get in contact.