West pavilion in coburg restored to its former glory

West pavilion in coburg restored to its former glory

The history of the west pavilion is not a glorious one – at least not in the last few decades: originally erected as a teahouse in the courtyard garden, the building later served as a milk house and finally – at its lowest point – as a toilet facility. It has not been used at all for the last few years. "It was completely run down", hans-heinrich ulmann (CSB), head of the building department, recalled at yesterday's meeting of the building senate. But now, after a year and a half of intensive restoration, the baroque twin of the east pavilion has once again become a piece of jewelry.

330.000 euros, of which 90.000 euros from various demand pots, the city of coburg has invested in the refurbishment. "A lot of money, but also a lot of manual work", emphasized head of the building department ullrich pfuhlmann at the site meeting. Around two-thirds of the work was done by the city itself, explained the head of the land office, bernhard ledermann. The paving around the building, however, was left to the professionals. Speaking of paving – here the city has demonstrated thrift: the stones come from the land of the former coal whorehouse – real recycling, that is.

Mettlach tiles in the floor
However, this did not work so smoothly with the historic mettlach tiles that were found in the floor, as sibylle fugmann from the building authority reported. The state office for the preservation of historical monuments ordered that the tiles had to remain in the floor – under the new floor structure, which is even equipped with electric underfloor heating.

During the renovation, the city did not only focus on the building, but also included the surrounding area, said ulmann. A 258-year-old spruce that was probably planted shortly after the pavilion was built was said to be diseased and unsalvageable. Several new trees have already been planted.

Benno noll, the new tenant of the pavilion, enjoys the "amazing atmosphere", as he said. And the three rough sculptures, which belong to the interior of the pavilion, do not disturb the artist, who wants to open his domicile consciously for visitors, at all – on the contrary. The centaur by august sommer, whose original stands as a fountain figure in bremen, has already taken him to his heart. Noll: "i've always wanted to have a horse."

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