The abandoned textile factory was designed and built by the architects Naumann & Kalitzki in the year 1923 for two jewish brothers. The brothers had built up their business in 1908, but needed a larger building by the early 1920’s. The building was renowned for its flow and round curves. One of the brothers ran the company until 1939 when he was forced to give it up by the Nazis. He was arrested in 1944, deported to Auschwitz where he died a few months later.[irp posts=”14281″ name=”The Machine Factory”]
After the war, the SED (Socialist Unity Party) took over the building converted it into offices and used it as the district administration. With the dissolution of the GDR, the department for youth and social services moved into the building, but soon moved out again into a building in the city center. Since then the building has remained empty and has begun to slowly rot away. The abandoned textile factory has since been stripped clean, and some of the rooms have been heavily vandalised. The top floor staircase has rotted away making it slightly dubious to traverse (I declined the opportunity). The building is currently up for sale and waiting to be renovated.