Station: [09] Treuner - Old Town model

  • Historisches Museum Frankfurt

The well-known model of the Old Town was purposemade from 1925 to 1961 by brothers Hermann and Robert Treuner for the museum. It shows the historical buildings and roads in 1927 and thus documents Frankfurt’s Old Town that was almost completely destroyed in the World War II bombing raids. The state of the alleys and facades, a social and hygienic disaster, are not to be seen in the cleanly painted structures of the model. In this regard, the model was always an artificial construct: It presented a reduced, harmonious and romantic image of the Old Town, one that presumably never existed.