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Großes Haus

alias Hoftheater
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Important events

(detail)7.11.1819 | opening
Construction was carried out betweehn 1818-1819. Opened on 7 November 1819 with the opera "Ferdinand Cortez and the Conquest of Mexico" by Carlo Spontini.
(detail)70. 's 19. century | reconstruction 1875-1879
The reconstructed theatre was opened on 19 October 1879 with Wagner's "Lohengrin".
(detail)1904 | reconstruction
The reconstruction, designed by Herman Helmer, was carried out and the theatre opened on 17 September 1905 with Richard Wagner's "Flying Dutchman".
(detail)1944 | closure
The theatre was destroyed by allied bombs in the autumn 1944. After the war, a temporary roof was built to protect it from decay by means of a steel truss structure. For over twenty years the theatre was empty ruins until 1975, when the State Building Authority Darmstadt commissioned a study for consideration whether a conversion into an archive buildingwould be possible.
(detail)1994 | alteration
An archive opened in the theatre. The facades, following the historic preservation guidelines, were renovated. The vestibule on the ground floor and the theatre foyer on the first floor with the stairs were also faithfully restored according to the state in 1879, and now offer the ability for exhibitions, meetings and lectures.


(detail)Hermann Helmer |architect
The phenomenon of the architects Fellner and Helmer would be difficult to capture with only one building. Their work consisted of continual, although somewhat stereotypical, work in terms of style. They placed a great emphasis on achieving the technical-operational needs of theatre buildings. They created a large number of theatres (mainly national theatres) in Central Europe - Austria, Croatia, Romania, the Czech Republic, etc.More theatres

Gottfried Semper |architect - participant of the competition


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