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.
Gild the dome!
The renovation of the Secession and its imposing golden dome is already finished. Thanks to all of you who have contributed to the gilding of the leaves! With a contribution of €100 more than 1.500 leaves could be gilded.
A spectacular Viennese landmark
The Secession’s home is one of the best-known works of art nouveau in the world. Visible from afar, the dome of interwoven golden laurel branches is composed of 2,500 leaves and more than 300 berries. It was constructed in 1897–98 based on designs by Joseph Maria Olbrich. The play of shimmering hues and manifold light reflexes makes the foliage seem almost alive. “Cabbage head,” the mocking name the Viennese coined for it, has long become a term of endearment.