The Cranz'sche Haus or Haus Große Reichenstraße 49, also called the Red House because of its facade color, was a Hamburg town house in the area of Hamburg's old town. The house was built in 1617 by Oberalten Jürgen Schrötteringk in Grosse Reichenstrasse and demolished in 1890. The portal has been preserved. Today it is located as an architectural fragment in the Hamburg ramparts near the Hamburg Museum.The house was built in the style of the Dutch Renaissance. A drawing from 1889 shows a five-story building, the facade of which is structured by columns and cornices and crowned by a gable. There are fluted Doric pilasters on the portal. In the portal arch are two lion heads with open mouths and the coat of arms of the builder Schrötteringk. It shows a dove with a ring in its beak, which puts it over a tree. In the arch gussets are the coats of arms of Jürgen Schrötteringk's two wives: on the right the coat of arms of the Hartiges family (a rearing stag) and on the left the family from Holte (three trees). In the architrave there is a motto and the date of construction: Facilius est repraehendere quam imitari Ano 1617 (it is easier to blame than to imitate).In the 17th century, the house was considered a haunted house by the Hamburgers, because a citizen living there is said to have dedicated themselves to the hellish powers, who have sent compliant service spirits to him. In a legend, the intense red facade color is attributed to the blood of a suicide. At the beginning of the 19th century, an inn was said to have been run in the house and later the well-known music store Cranz, which is why it is also known as Cranz's house.de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranz%E2%80%99sches_Haus
February 18, 2020
Near the Hamburg Museum is the portal of the Cranz'schen Haus, a former Hamburg community center. In the 17th century it was considered a haunted house, the inhabitants should have been in league with the devil. The house has disappeared, the portal is now in a different location. The bad spirits are over. Maybe not...
The Latin saying in the portal means "It is easier to blame than to imitate".
February 10, 2020
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