Aus englischen Gartenstädten. Beobachtungen und Ergebnisse einer sozialen Studienreise.

Aus englischen Gartenstädten. Beobachtungen und Ergebnisse einer sozialen Studienreise.

1910 Germany

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Aus englischen Gartenstädten. Beobachtungen und Ergebnisse einer sozialen Studienreise.
Berlin, Deustsche Gartenstadt-Gesellschaft (and Renaissance-Verlag Robert Federn) 1910.
4to. 188 + (4)pp, errata slip (pages 109-188 are printed on art paper and carry numerous photo ills and ground plans ; there are also 2 mounted photo ills and a few woodcut ills on the text pages). Original pictorial boards, cloth spine (front cover slightly soiled and marked). Formerly in the library of the Hungarian Association of Architects, with their ownership stamp on the verso of the title leaf, and a smaller ownership stamp neatly placed at the lower outer corner of four subsequent leaves.
An unexpectedly rare and unexpectedly well-illustrated publication recording an official visit to England in July 1909 by members of the German Garden City Association. Their tour took them successively to Earswick (the Rowntree-financed garden suburb outside York), Port Sunlight, Bournville, Letchworth Garden City and Hampstead Garden Suburb, with stops on the way to inspect local authority housing in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, and London. The resulting volume provides excellent illustrations and plans of the house types seen by the visitors at each of these places, and it is apparent that the tour had a considerable impact on its participants, both in displaying to them the achievements of the English Garden City movement and in encouraging Anglo-German friendship through the generous hospitality provided by their English hosts (there are poignant illustrations of the archway, decorated with greenery and a welcoming inscription in German, through which they entered the Earswick site, and also of the grand lunch provided for them at Port Sunlight). Sharp-eyed readers will also observe that the participants in this tour, as listed on pp.13-16, included “Mies, Ludwig, Architekt, Steglitz”, readily identifiable as the youthful Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, then a junior employee in Peter Behrens’s Berlin office, and making in 1909 his first visit to Britain
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