The present building at 19 Neuer Wall originally consisted of three individual buildings which have been brought together functionally, and to an extent formally, in the course of time.
The site was changed by numerous phases of new building and conversion work, reaching its present state in the last rebuilding phase in 1988. An agreement was reached with the monument protection office that the facades, which had to be renewed, would be redesigned and rebuilt as they would have been at the turn of the century. In terms of function and design this is appropriate to the present use of the building (shops/offices) and was best achieved by retaining the historic façade to a large extent. Here reconstruction is understood as restoration of the listed section of the façade (including the staircase on Neuer Wall) complemented by recognizably new sections conforming to today’s design rules.