Villa Schutzenberger

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Villa Schutzenberger
Villa Schutzenberger in 2011 with Flag of Europe and Flag of France
Villa Schutzenberger is located in Strasbourg
Villa Schutzenberger
Villa Schutzenberger in relation to the city of Strasbourg
Alternative namesHôtel Schutzenberger
General information
Typeprivate housing
Architectural styleArt Nouveau
LocationStrasbourg, France
Address76, allée de la Robertsau
Coordinates48°35′30.40″N 7°46′12″E / 48.5917778°N 7.77000°E / 48.5917778; 7.77000
Current tenantsEuropean Audiovisual Observatory
Construction started1897
OwnerCouncil of Europe
Design and construction
Architect(s)Jules Berninger, Gustave Krafft

The Villa Schutzenberger, also known as Hôtel Schutzenberger (German: Schützenberger) is an Art Nouveau hôtel particulier on allée de la Robertsau in the Neustadt district of Strasbourg, in the French department of the Bas-Rhin. It has been classified as a Monument historique since 1975.[1] The Villa is the seat of the European Audiovisual Observatory since 1992.[2]


This ample villa was built for the owner of the Schutzenberger brewery (Brasserie Schutzenberger) [fr], Louis-Oscar Schützenberger (1866–1943), by Jules (German: Julius) Berninger and his brother in law, Gustave (Gustav) Krafft, two prolific local architects who often worked together between 1895 and 1905.[3][4]

Work on the villa started in 1897 and it was finished in 1900. Inspired by Italianate architecture in its shape and the design of its garden, it is one of the most lavish and frequently cited examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Strasbourg.[5] In spite of this, due to the financial decline of the Schutzenberger brewery, the villa was sold and threatened with demolition in 1972. It was ultimately saved by the municipality but stood empty until 1978. The ground floor was then rented by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which became renter of the whole building in 1989. The Villa Schutzenberger has been completely restored since. It is not open for tourists apart on special days such as European Heritage Days.



  1. ^ Base Mérimée: Ancien hôtel Schützenberger, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
  2. ^ "About us". European Audiovisual Observatory. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Jules Berninger". Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Gustave Krafft". Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Villa O. Schützenberger". Frank Derville: Art Nouveau around the world. Retrieved 29 October 2015.

External links[edit]


  • Recht, Roland; Foessel, Georges; Klein, Jean-Pierre: Connaître Strasbourg, 1988, ISBN 2-7032-0185-0, page 271

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