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  • Berliner Handels-Gesellschaft: The imposing office building at the northern end of Gerndarmenmarkt

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Berliner Handels-Gesellschaft

By 1900, when it opened the head office building designed by Alfred Messel, the Berliner Handels-Gesellschaft (Berlin trading company) was already an important Bank for Berlin’s industrialists. The banker Carl Fürstenberg succeeded in building long-term relationships with major manufacturers. For example, the Chairman of the Board of AEG automatically chaired the administrative board of Berliner Handels-Gesellschaft.

After the Second World War the bank did most of its business in the new West German banking centre of Frankfurt am Main. But the building in Behrenstraße has remained a bank to this day. Initially the East German State Bank moved into the impressive premises, succeeded in 1994 by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (Reconstruction Credit Institute).

The Banking District in the folder “Berlin’s Industrial Heritage”

Die Berliner Handels-Gesellschaft in the Berlin Monument Database (German)

The Berliner Handels-Gesellschaft on Wikipedia (German)

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