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. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg House, 241 Dieburger Strasse, Darmstadt, Germany. 1898-1910. Fritz Nick (1858–1908) designed the building originally known as the Parkhotel. It was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau or Judenstil style by the architect Jacob Krug as the home of Prince Otto Heinrich zu Schaumburg-Lippe. It now serves as the guesthouse and occasional conference center of the Technische Universität Darmstadt.
According to Wikipedia, Lichtenberg (1744-1799), in whose honor the building has at least its third name, “was a German scientist, satirist, and Anglophile. As a scientist, he was the first to hold a professorship explicitly dedicated to experimental physics in Germany.” The German version of Wikipedia contains both information about the building and a bibliography, but the English version does not have an entry. [Click on images to enlarge them.]
Left: The rear of the building viewed from the garden. Right: Ceramic surround for the entrance.
Left: Marble radiator surround with plasterwork flanking mosaic design. Middle: Ceramic tile wall on landing between ground and first floors. Right: Wall detail with set-in ceramic tile design.
Wood carving and inlays in vertical wall decorations on the ground floor.
Left: Detail of ceramic arch surrounding main entrance. Middle: Stone columns in library. Right: Plaster and stone ceiling decoration.
Last modified 28 October 2015