A charming 1925 construction, representative of the “petty bourgeois” lifestyle of the time, with Art Deco elements.
The 7th district could almost give Leopoldstadt a run for its money as top on my list of favorite Vienna districts explored thus far. Almost.
Up front and center, a 1980s Gemeindebau. Unremarkable from the outside.
Inside an entrance, however, I noted a plaque bearing “Gesunde Wohnungen — Glückliche Menschen.” Healthy Living—Fortunate Persons. On this site was once a thermal bath, so possibly the restorative powers of the former spa still resonate with the residents.
On a post-war (1949) construction in the former silk district of Neubau, a Majolica nymph graces the entry.
Yes, I stood in front of stopped traffic for this photo. 1950s-era, with stone reliefs on both sides depicting various scenes of daily life.
Atop a former doll factory is another relatively nondescript post-war construction, save for the whimsical terra cotta relief of a man playing violin to a small group of children.
Moving along, winding in between streets described by a different kind of “art,” the aroma of what would become my lunch led me to the street of “Golden Moonlight,” Mondscheingasse.
Here, on the site of the first public baths in Europe (1887) is now a 1960s construction, decorated with another terra cotta relief, this one depicting a dragon-slaying scene from a Wagner opera.
Though I have evolved a bit from the youthful belief that organic, vegetarian eating will bring about world peace, every now and again a well-prepared, from-the-Earth meal in an incense-infused room warms my spirit; and in addition to a different kind of Kunst am Bau, that is what I discovered on a recent outing to the artsy and trendy Neubau.