Ravensburg: Konzerthaus

Country: Germany (Deutschland)
State: Baden-Württemberg
City: Ravensburg
Location: Wilhelmstraße

Built 1896-1897 by Ferdinand Fellner & Hermann Helmer for "Saalbauverein AG" Ravensburg, a society founded and funded by Julius Spohn and other citizens, replacing the medieval wine press "Raueneggtorkel". Opened 14 Nov 1897 with Oscar von Rebwitz-Schmölz's drama "Der Zunftmeister von Nürnberg". 1899 stagehouse extended by Ferdinand Fellner. 1938 rebuilding plans (not carried out). In the 1960s plans for a major rebuilding or demolition, and citizens' protest in favour of protecting the building. 1968 renovations to the original designs (with slight alterations of colours and some details, removal of the original Thonet chairs and installation of modern chairs). 1980 exterior renovations. Ca. 2000 exterior renovations to the original colours. Originally 684 seats, today 576 seats.

The Konzerthaus hides some treasures that have survived from the times of its building, such as the original thunder, wind, and rain machinery, as well as ca. 100 painted stage sets and a painted curtain. While most of the original machinery has not been shown for decades, some of the sets have been used in amateur opera and school theatre performances during the 1990s.

Currently used for guest drama performances, classical concerts, wind orchestra concerts, annual school theatre performances during the historical Rutenfest festival, opera performances by the local music school, comedy performances, small congresses, and carnival balls.

Links: www.liveinravensburg.de, Wikipedia

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Front Text: "zum Jahreswechsel Die besten Wünsche", "Gruss aus Ravensburg!", "Der Ravensburger sing u. lacht, wenn's auf dem Mehlsack blitzt und kracht", "Veitsburg", "Neues Concert-Haus"
Publisher: Lith. A. Ulrich
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Ravensburg to Cannstatt, 1 Jan 1897 (10 months before the inauguration)

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Front Text: "Gruss aus Ravensburg!", "Neu erbautes Concert-Haus"
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Ravensburg to Straßburg, 9 Dec 1897

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Front Text: "Gruss aus Ravensburg!", "Concert-Haus"
Publisher: Verlag G. Schaal, Ravensburg
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Ravensburg to Bremen, 1898

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: before the 1899 extension
Front Text: "Gruss aus Ravensburg - Städtisches Concert-Haus u. Theater"
Handwritten Front Text: "Ravensburg's berühmtes Concerthaus u. Theater, Innere Einrichtung höchst sehenswert, Elektr. Beleuchtung, Bühne mit den neuesten Maschinen versehen" [Ravensburg's famous concert hall and theatre, interior decoration most lovely, electrical lighting, stage equipped with up-to-date machinery]"
Publisher: A. Ulrich, Ravensburg
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Ravensburg to Rastatt, 1899

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: before the 1899 extension
Front Text: "Gruss aus Ravensburg - Städtisches Concert-Haus u. Theater", inscription: "Concerthaus"
Publisher: A. Ulrich, Ravensburg
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: view from the gallery towards the stage (before the gallery windows were bricked up); on stage: scene from Ravensburg's historic town centre
Front Text: "Gruss aus Ravensburg - Concerthaus", signed: A. Ulrich
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Ravensburg to Lindau, 1902

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: before the 1899 extension
Front Text: "Gruss aus Ravensburg - Concerthaus"
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Ravensburg to Feldkirch (Austria), 1902
Detail:
[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus]

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: view from the stage (before the gallery windows were bricked up)
Front Text: "Ravensburg, Concerthaussaal"
Publisher: Hans Burger, Ravensburg; 33023 / Gebr. Metz, Tübingen; 1904
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: proscenium and stage
Reverse Text: "Ravensburg, Concerthausbühne"
Publisher: Hans Burger, Ravensburg; 49880 / Gebr. Metz, Tübingen
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: before the 1899 extension
Front Text: "Ravensburg, Concerthaus"
Type: Embossed Card; Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Ravensburg to Zürich (Switzerland), 1908

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: after the 1899 extension
Front Text: "Gruss aus Ravensburg - Partie mit Concerthaus u. Volksschulengebäude"
Publisher: A. Ulrich, Ravensburg
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Niederbiegen to Stuttgart, 1901

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Front Text: "Ravensburg, Konzerthaus"
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Ravensburg to Lille (France), 1909

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: after the 1899 extension
Front Text: "Ravensburg, Concerthaus"
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Schramberg to Eisenbach, 1912

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Front Text: "Ravensburg, Partie am Conzerthaus"
Publisher: Verlag Geschw. Knopf, Ravensburg
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Ravensburg to Altendorf (Switzerland), 1912

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Front Text: "Ravensburg, Konzerthaus"
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Ravensburg to Stuttgart, 1931

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Front Text: "Ravensburg, Konzerthaus"
Publisher: Verlag G. Ad. Hory, Beuren (Post Salem); Nr. 49
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Front Text: "Ravensburg, Konzerthaus"
Publisher: Kunst- u. Verlagsanstalt A. Weber & Co., Stuttgart, No. 62975
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Ravensburg to Stuttgart, 1936

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: after the 1980 renovation, before the 2000 renovation
Reverse Text: "7980 Ravensburg, Konzerthaus"
Publisher: Gebr. Metz, Wannweil
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: after the 2000 renovation
Reverse Text: "Ravensburg, Konzerthaus"
Publisher: d-werk, Ravensburg; Nr. 403 (ca. 2005)
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Memory Cards
(used as coupons in a local loyalty marketing program, ca. 2008)
Reverse Text: "Ravensburg macht Sinn. ..."

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: entrance hall and view to the auditorium
Front Text: "Wir sind Abonnenten"
Publisher: Kulturamt Ravensburg, 2015 / Frank Müller
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: auditorium and view to the entrance hall
Front Text: "Wir sind Abonnenten"
Publisher: Kulturamt Ravensburg, 2015 / Frank Müller
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: lower left proscenium box
Front Text: "Wir sind Abonnenten"
Publisher: Kulturamt Ravensburg, 2015 / Frank Müller
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: auditorium (stalls)
Front Text: "Wir sind Abonnenten"
Publisher: Kulturamt Ravensburg, 2015 / Frank Müller
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: auditorium (middle balcony)
Front Text: "Wir sind Abonnenten"
Publisher: Kulturamt Ravensburg, 2015 / Frank Müller
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Ravensburg: Konzerthaus] Picture: curtain
Front Text: "Ich bin Abonnentin"
Publisher: Kulturamt Ravensburg, 2015 / Frank Müller
Size: Modern
Not sent.

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