House at Graben 20 (so-called “Meinl-Haus”), 1010 Vienna
The so-called “Meinl-Haus” (1855–59) was built by Ferdinand Fellner the Elder. It is one of the few remaining examples of early grand commercial buildings in Vienna. The six-story building is a masonry-clad iron structure. This construction method dematerializes the façade through its dense rows of windows. Ornamental and decorative parts make reference to the function of the building (e.g. the statues representing “trade” and “industry” standing on the roof balustrade). The façades are a combination of plaster surfaces, stone elements, and cast parts (Hydrauer). In the 1970s and 1990s extensive restoration work was carried out. During this time the façades were covered with a watery cement-concrete mix and then painted. Denkmalpflege G.m.b.H.’s main task in 2004 was to expose the existing original plaster surfaces and to clean and thoroughly consolidate the building. We tested the stability of all the fastening elements in and around the statues as well as the cast-iron parts on the entablature and found that due to rust deterioration they were in danger of detaching and falling. We applied anti-corrosion agents and in some cases replaced sections with stainless steel parts.
Address: 1010 Vienna, Graben 20
Service: Façade restoration
Service period (examination): October 2003
Service period (restoration): May to October 2004
Last updated: 07/07/2015 Imprint ©2015 Denkmalpflege G.m.b.H. & Mag. Klaus Wedenig Restaurierung & Konservierung