Ruhr Museum

Margarethenhöhe

The Margarethenhöhe in Essen has always been one of the most important European garden suburbs. As a charitable foundation of Margarethe Krupp it was built, in close cooperation with the city of Essen during a decisive phase of urban redevelopment, by the architect Prof. Dr. Georg Metzendorf in 29 construction stages between 1909 and 1934/38. Just like it was meant to be, the Margarethenhöhe was a laboratory for builders, where useful structures were always redefined and new ones were tried out. Together with the surrounding "Siepentälern" which were redesigned into forest parks, the Margarethenhöhe provides a life quality that is rare in cities to date.

The suburb did not just offer living space for the workers of Krupp, but also for officials of the city Essen. On top of the, for these times, spacious and modern flats with sanitary facilities and a garden, the Margarethenhöhe also had social and welfare buildings like the famous Kruppsche Konsum (a supermarket), schools, churches for both confessions or a library which was typical for the Krupp suburbs.

The Ruhr Museum entertains a model flat and presents the permanent exhibition “The garden city Margarethenhöhe” about the history and architecture of the gardencity in the Kleines Atelierhaus.

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