Frankfurt to restore its historical landmark
Mayor of Frankfurt Peter Feldmann has called city’s residents to help rebuild the city hall’s tower known as Lange Franz. Frankfurt’s iconic building was named after the former mayor Franz Adickes, Frankfurt’s longest-serving mayor, and was destroyed during World War II.
Mayor Feldmann stated on social media: “Become a sponsor of the dormers, windows and roof tiles of the Langer Franz. You can help to make the reconstruction of the spire of the Langer Franz a reality very soon”.
Lange Franz, together with the Frankfurter Dom and St. Paul’s Church, used to be a prominent feature of Frankfurt’s skyline for many years, thanks to its ornate structure and impressive 70-meter height. The Brückenbauverein association has therefore launched a crowdfunding campaign in order to restore the iconic landmark. The goal is to fund the reconstruction in accordance with the old construction plans.
“It is about a piece of urban history of the proud civic city of Frankfurt. Therefore, it would be an honor for the city and for me personally if we could rebuild the spire together with the Brückenbauverein and the commitment of the citizens. Hats off to all who are helping,” mayor Feldmann also stated.
Brückenbauverein aims to collect one million euros through the campaign, while the city of Frankfurt will contribute the additional million euros, ensuring the reconstruction’s success. According to the organization’s website, €212675 were already donated until November 15th, 2021.
“The target group are all Frankfurters and Frankfurt businesses and institutions. Craftsmen are also very welcome to take part in the reconstruction of the town hall tower with their trades. Every donation counts,” it was stated on platform Startnext where donations can be made.
In 2016, the Neue Brückenbauverein repaired the 1843 statue of Charlemagne on the Alte Brücke and funded the reconstruction of the bridge cross, the so-called Brickegickel, in an attempt to restore a significant piece of Frankfurt’s history. (photo credit: wikimedia)