Berlin 12: Squats & Graffiti

79 Kastanienallee was I think thoroughly restored in 2008. The fantastic decoration on  this facade is presumably one of a number in the area that were protected, and I suspect dates from around 1900, though I’ve not been able to find anything more about it. Most of the original buildings on the street I think date from around the 1880s. The small balconies with their colourful decorations appear to be a recent addition, a dded either postwar or in the recent renovation. An archway leads through to DOCK 11 Studios, which since 1994 has hosted varying dance, theatre, film, performance, literature, visual art and design events.

Kastianienallee was home to many squats, with one of the best-known being a couple of doors down the street at 77. K77,  one of the oldest buildings on the street from 1848 had stood empty for six years when activists  dressed as doctors and nurses occupied occupied it on June 20, 1992. Like many buildings on the street there were actually three houses behind the facade separated by interior courtyards.

There is a very well-known ‘Old CCCP’ bar in Berlin, not far from where I took this and two other pictures, but I’m fairly sure it isn’t this one, as it looks nothing like this and is not, like this, on a street corner.

It was Clara Zetkin,  who seconded the idea of an international day for women’s rights when it was proposed by another German socialist, Luise Zietz at the 1910 International Women’s Conference before the Socialist Second International in Copenhagen, and she chaired the 1921 Second International Conference of Communist Women in Moscow which set the date of the International Women’s Day to March 8.

This large squattted house, ‘Linie 206’ on the corner of Linienenstrasse and Kleine Rosenthaler Str was clearly under attack. Occupied in 1990, the house was sold to several owners in the first decade of this century and there were a number of attempts to evict the occupants, with the house finally being cleared by police in May 2016.

More from my walk around Berlin to follow shortly.

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