Today, those who stroll through the magnificently furnished passage with their magnificent glass ceilings and numerous works of art not only enjoy one of Leipzig's most beautiful, but also one of the most historic places. The Speck's Hof is the oldest surviving shopping arcade in the city. Its history dates back to the 15th century. At that time, about 1430, stood on the site of today's Speck's yard a large building that served as a living and brewing house and as a wine cellar. In 1815, the Leipzig wholesale merchant and art lover Maximilian Speck von Sternburg acquired the corner house and gave it the name "Speck's Hof". A total of 93 years, until 1908, the house remained in the family until the businessman Paul Schmutzler and the architect Emil Franz Hänsel bought it.The beginning of the 20th century marks the time of the big construction boom in Leipzig; the Saxon city became an important center for trade and fairs during this time. From the building Speck's Hof was under the direction of the architect Hänsel in three stages a trade and exhibition center. By means of a passage one connected the 1906 completed Hansa house with the bacon yard. After the last extensions in the years 1928 and 1929, the largest exhibition space of the time was created with 10,000 m² of exhibition space.During the Second World War, the ornate roof structures of the building complex were badly damaged. It was only in 1981 and 1982 that the historic passage was renovated; extensive restoration work took place between 1993 and 1995. Special attractions of the building ensemble in its present form are the three atriums, which were refined by the contemporary artists Bruno Griesel, Moritz Götze and Johannes Grützke.In 1996, Speck's farm received the "Trophy" of the world's largest real estate fair MIPIM in Cannes for the most beautiful building completed this year. Speck's Hof and HansaHaus are not only popular as a particularly attractive shopping mile, but are also regularly visited as part of city tours.
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July 17, 2018
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