Palaces of Lost Promise

Berlin’s new Humboldt Forum is German neoliberalism in one building — retrograde, pompous, and built on the ruins of socialist modernism.

In 1950, five years after the end of World War II, the very large, very Baroque building that housed Prussian royalty for almost five hundred years was demolished. The Berliner Schloss was located in Berlin’s central Mitte borough and was a classic work of Baroque architecture: gilded dome, portrait gallery, massive crystal chandeliers hanging down […]