Werner Hegemann

1881 Mannheim – 1936 New Rochelle, New York

Werner Hegemann made his name as a critic of architecture and urban development, as well as the author of primarily historical biographies. He lived in Berlin from 1909 to 1913. In 1910, he was appointed General Secretary of the Urban Development Exhibitions in Berlin und Düsseldorf. Periods of residence in the USA (1905, 1908-1909, 1913-1921) strongly influenced his ideas on urban development. He returned to Berlin from 1922 to 1933. During this period, his work as a critic made a decisive impression on the architectural development of Berlin. From 1924 onwards, he was editor of “Wasmuths Monatshefte für Baukunst” and the series “Der Städtebau“. He published his best-known work “Das steinerne Berlin” in 1930. Numerous documents in the estate are also evidence of his reflections on the emerging National Socialist regime. His book “Entlarvte Geschichte” was destroyed during the burning of books in Berlin on 10th May 1933. Hegemann was compelled to leave Berlin and deprived of his German nationality. From 1933 until his death, he lived in New Rochelle, New York, teaching at the New York School for Social Science. 

Material: Records, photographs, printed works (1112 items)

Werner-Hegemann-Archive (PDF)



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