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Berliner Ensemble - Theater am Schiffbauerdamm

Heinrich Christian Seeling

alias Neues Operettentheater, Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, Deutsches Nationaltheater am Schiffbauerdamm, Monti's Operettentheater, Neues Theater am Schiffbauerdamm
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(detail)1892 | opening
Built in 1891-1892 by Heinrich Seeling & Gietenbruch. The Neo-baroque interior decoration by Ernst Westphal. Opened 19 Nov 1892 with Goethe's "Iphigenie auf Tauris".
(detail)50. 's 20. century | reconstruction
Damaged by bombs in 1944. Subsequently reconstructed and re-opened in 1954.
(detail)2000 | reconstruction
1999-2000 renovations and alterations. Seating capacity: 678 seats (Originally 810 seats (+ standing), ca. 1940: 781 seats).


(detail)Heinrich Christian Seeling |main architect

He was born into a family of Christian Seeling master bricklayer. Even as a boy he learned the craft mason with his father. He was a student of Academy of Architecture in Berlin. He worked in the Berlin studio Hugo Licht, chief counsel of urban construction in Leipzig. The event that had an impact on the architect's career was winning awards in the competition for the theater in Halle. He was honored with the Royal Order of Class IV.

Picture: A design of an opernahus by him for Berlin

In: Freydank , Ruth. Theater in Berlin: von den Anfängen bis 1945. Berlin, 1988. p. 309

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