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.
Lockdown ended. Pint of Guinness now in hand.
7:39pm 22 Mar 2017
Luckily I have a whole iPad full of obscure academic papers to help me survive the parliamentary lockdown. Thanks… twitter.com/i/web/status/84462…
7:03pm 22 Mar 2017
We're still on lockdown on the parliamentary estate — can't leave or move around. Everyone in good spirits though. No grumbling.
5:56pm 22 Mar 2017
I am safe. Police seem to have everything under control but the building is still on lockdown.
3:15pm 22 Mar 2017