Otto Wagner “Schützenhaus”

One architectural monument to Vienna 1900 stands just at the end of my street, Herminengasse, on the edge of the Donau Canal. Built in 1908 by the architect Otto Wagner, the Schützenhaus (or shelter house) was first intended as a winter port and boat storage area. It now houses a restaurant that opens on the Promenade below street level along the canal. The Promenade is a hopping place in summer, but now is a quiet, graffiti-decorated walkway. It’s hard to tell from this photo because of the reflection of the setting sun, but the gleaming tiles on the house are white and a bright naval blue, with stylized zig-zag “waves.”

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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