The building Widenmayerstraße 1 is an apartment building in Munich. It was built in the 1890s and is registered as a historical monument in the Bavarian list of monuments.
The building is located at the beginning of Widenmayerstraße in the Munich district of Lehel on the Isarkai. It is part of the listed ensemble Widenmayerstraße. Together with the neighbouring buildings No. 2 and No. 3, which are also listed, it forms a uniform building block.
On the site north of Maximilianstrasse, which was built in the 1850s, between Hofhammerschmiedbach and Isar, was the Klarermühle, also known as the Hofsägmühle, which was built around 1630. In the opinion of the court officials, it represented an aesthetic impairment of the newly constructed boulevard. Due to the fortification of the banks of the Isar, the delivery of the timber delivered by the Isar rafting to the sawmill was also made difficult. Nevertheless, it was only after long disputes that Josef Klarer had the mill demolished and replaced by a stately residential building in 1893/94.
The house at Widenmayerstraße 1 was built at the same time as two neighbouring buildings on Maximilianstraße, which no longer exist today and on whose site the new building of the Versicherungskammer Bayern now stands. The plans were drawn up by the architect August Brüchle. The plans also included the neighbouring building at Widenmayerstraße 2, which, however, was not built at first. For the construction, the Hofhammerschmiedbach was vaulted and the Innere Isarstraße running on its eastern side was abandoned.
Although the building itself did not receive a bomb hit during the Second World War, the façade was damaged by the air pressure of external bomb explosions. The eastern alignment of the newly erected administrative building of the Versicherungskammer Bayern was moved back by five meters, exposing a corresponding piece of the firewall of the house at Widenmayerstraße 1. In 1976/77, this wall was designed to match the design of the street façade.
The building is five storeys high and has a façade with five window axes on Widenmayerstraße. Horizontal cornices above the first and third floors group the lower floors in pairs. The ground floor and first floor are in the Rustic style.
The three central window axes form a central risalit crowned by a triangular pediment. In the central axis is a gateway with a round arch. On the second floor, a balcony with a stone balustrade extends across the three central window axes. On the second and third floors, the central axis is accentuated by a bay window.
On the triangular gable of the central risalit stands a female figure with helmet, shield and lance, chased from copper sheet. Hygin Kiene created this figure in 1897 after a model by sculptor Anton Kaindl.
- Heinrich Habel, Johannes Hallinger, Timm Weski: Landeshauptstadt München – Mitte (= Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege [ed.]: Denkmäler in Bayern. Volume I.2/1). Karl M. Lipp Verlag, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-87490-586-2, p. 1210.
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