Otto Wagner
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Otto Wagner biography

Otto Wagner’s spectacular buildings in Vienna are not only aesthetically pleasing, they are also still fully functional today. He knew even at that time how plans should be made for a rapidly growing city like Vienna.

Otto Wagner is born on 13 July in Vienna.

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

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.

Participates in a competition to build Berlin Cathedral.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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)

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