Dome of the Secession, photo: Jorit Aust

Restoration of the Secession

The Secession building is one of the most imposing works of Art Nouveau in Austria. Around three decades after the last general restoration, we have rehabilitated and modernizde the heritage-protected building.

Restoration of the dome and façade

Rehabilitation of the façade and restoration of the dome started in early December 2017. The wrought-iron structure with a diameter of 28 feet was dismantled for repair and enhancement of the supporting framework. Specialists were resurfacing and regilding the 2500 leaves and 311 berries. The dome was put back in place in Mid-May 2018.

Additional rehabilitation measures

The renovation project was completed in the summer of 2018. Working with architect Adolf Krischanitz, who also oversaw the most recent general restoration in 1985–86, we have drawn up the following list of measures:

  • Rehabilitation of the glass roof and the facade
  • Barrier-free access to the Beethoven Frieze
  • Modernization of the exhibition galleries (air conditioning and heating systems, illuminated ceilings, floors, fire control and protection, etc.)


The cost of the renovations was €3.45 million. The Federal Chancellery and the City of Vienna have each contributed €1,2 million.

Donation campaign

To defray the expenses for the restoration of the dome, the Secession has launched a donation campaign. For a contribution of €100 to guild one of the leaves of the dome, donors could be part of the preservation of this prominent Viennese landmark. Please go to for more information and to see an honor roll of donors.



– August: construction work on the façade begins with a performance of Doris Uhlich on the rear scaffolding, in cooperation with ImPulsTanz

– November/December: the dome is dismantled

– December: the second construction phase inside the building begins


– February: a new light system for room with the Beethovenfrieze is being installed

– Mid-May: the re-gilded dome is assembled

– May/June: renovation of the glass roof

– beginning of July: rehabilitation of the facade will be finished

– end of August: construction work is expected to be concluded

– beginning of September: re-opening of the restored Secession building

Thank you for your support to gild the dome!