Stahlhof (Düsseldorf)

Düsseldorf, Germany

Stahlhof (Düsseldorf)

The Stahlhof at Bastionstrasse 39 in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, in Germany, is the seat of the Düsseldorf Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgericht Düsseldorf).

The robust German steel industry in the Rhineland developed rapidly over the course of the nineteenth century to achieve global prominence before World War I. In 1904, the Deutsche Stahlwerksverband AG ("German Steelworks Association"), a syndicate steel cartel, was founded in Düsseldorf, which was the epicenter of this expansion. The city provided the land for a building housing at least 400-500 employees free of charge. Designed by Johannes Radke and Theo Westbrock, the building was named for the London Stahlhof, and paid for by the region's steel industrialists, who were proud of the demand for their steel products (which they compared to the strength of the medieval north German mercantile Hanseatic League). They installed a symbolic claw at its summit as a sculptural ornament proclaiming their power.

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