Ruhr Museum

Kleines Atelierhaus

The Kleines Atelierhaus was built in 1919 as special building for the graphic artist Hermann Kätelhön. It stands for a unique model promoting arts in Essen until today. Following the Folkwang-idea of Karl Ernst Osthaus a community of artists and craft workers should enrich the daily life at the Margarethenhöhe both at the garden city and in the whole industrial area. Besides the Kleines Atelierhaus the Werkhaus and the Großes Atelierhaus were built in 1927 and 1929, where artists like the renowned photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch, the sculptor Will Lammert and the goldsmith Elisabeth Treskow lived and worked until 1933.

Since April 2012 the Kleines Atelierhaus is accessible again within a guided tour. An exhibition about the history of the Margarethenhöhe is located in the former ateliers and workrooms and gives an overview of the construction and the design of the housing estate as well was of the (everyday) life of its inhabitants.

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