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Berlin, Deustsche Gartenstadt-Gesellschaft (and Renaissance-Verlag Robert Federn) 1910.
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