You are here:

Otto Wagner

Otto Wagner biography

1841
Otto Wagner is born on 13 July in Vienna.

1861
After studying at the Königliche Bauakademie Berlin, Wagner returns to the Austrian capital.

1862
Wagner completes his architectural studies at the Academy of Fine Arts under the acclaimed architects Siccardsburg and van der Nüll (builders of the Vienna State Opera) and takes up a post at the offices of Ringstrasse boulevard planner Ludwig von Förster.

1867
Participates in a competition to build Berlin Cathedral.

1879
As part of the monumental Makart procession, Wagner designs the decorations for the imperial marquee which is to be set up next to the Äussere Burgtor city gate on the occasion of the imperial couple’s silver wedding anniversary.

1886-1888
Wagner builds a villa for his family on the city’s western outskirts. Otto Wagner Villa I is now home to the Ernst Fuchs Museum.

1890
Wagner self-publishes the first volume of his “Selected sketches, projects and completed buildings” compendium. Subsequent volumes appear in 1897, 1906 and 1922

1893
One of two prizes for a plan to regulate the flow of the city’s waterways goes to Wagner. He is appointed artistic counselor on the Vienna transit and the Danube regulation commissions. Wagner draws up his revolutionary designs and buildings for the city’s Stadtbahn commuter railways (now the U4 and U6) and the Danube Canal.

1894
Appointed full professor and head of a special school for architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts.

1898/99
Wagner builds three residential and commercial buildings on Linke Wienzeile: the Majolikahaus, an apartment building featuring gilt medallions created by Kolo Moser, and another apartment building on Köstlergasse.

1903-1907
The Church of St. Leopold (Kirche am Steinhof) is built according to Wagner’s designs.

1904
Work starts on the construction of the Austrian Post Savings Bank on the Ringstrasse (completed 1906).

1913
Groundbreaking ceremony for Villa Wagner II, next door to Villa I, which he sold in 1911.

1918
Wagner dies of erysipelas on April 11. He is buried in Hietzing cemetery.

Wagner hotspots in Vienna: Austrian Post Savings Bank, Wienzeile buildings, Wien Museum, Karlsplatz pavilion (with permanent exhibition), Otto Wagner Court Pavilion (Hietzing), Church of St. Leopold (Kirche am Steinhof)

Teilen, bewerten und Feedback
Rate this article
Recommend article

Please complete all the mandatory fields marked with *.
The data and email addresses you provide will not be saved or used for other purposes.

From
to
Feedback to the vienna.info editorial team

Please complete all the mandatory fields marked with *.

Title *
Title