May 27, 2002
From the Postdamer Platz Bahnhof, I walked into a semi-desolate area. But I saw one building that seemed to be a restored exception -- the Martin-Gropius-Bau on Stresemannstrasse.
Design in 1877 by Martin Gropius, a pupil of Schinkel (Hitler's architect of the Third Reich) and the uncle of the Bauhaus guru Walter, the Gropius Bau was, until its destruction in the war, the home of the museum of applied art.
It is now the city’s main section for large prestigious art exhibitions. There is also an exceptional collection of German fine and applied arts and a Jewish Museum. It has a small café with good coffee, cold drinks, and delicious pastries.
From journal BERLIN: History and Memory