A work of Otto Wagner, one is lead to presume?
An excellent presumption, Mr Schmalzel, because a correct one: built in 1888, and thus a transitional work of the master.
Universitätsstrasse 12 is the address, not far from the dull if worthy Votivkirche.
Sadly, the invitingly empty looking “Cafehaus” which stretches its generous length across the whole of the ground floor is long gone – replaced by dull shops of various avoidable kinds.
The people, or at least the city fathers, of Vienna appear to like the building: for the Otto-Wagner-Platz is also close by.
The wonderfully eccentric logician Kurt Gödel lived in the building behind for some months in 1927. By “eccentric” I of course mean “mad” – the poor man refuse to touch any food not prepared by his wife. She went into hospital in 1977, and when she came out six months later he was dead.
I love the story of Goedel’s becoming an American citizen; a very amusing one perhaps worthy of a blog-post of its own.
An indented statue! So sorely missed among the apartment buildings of today: all that obsessive focus on featureless form just hurts so much.
The quality of writers in First Things is declining awfully… pic.twitter.com/R1aKtdv1Il
1:22pm 27 May 2016
It feels like a little surrender when you hear people refer to things by their corporate sponsor. It's 'Lansdowne Road' NOT 'the Aviva'.
11:05am 26 May 2016
Happy St Philip's Day from London / Buona festa di San Filippo Neri da Londra #philipneri #filipponeri pic.twitter.com/170cQjc3Va
10:21am 26 May 2016
Ze'ev Sternhell posited that fascism was an anti-materialist revision of Marxism. Controversial, interesting, but not the complete picture.
6:38pm 25 May 2016