Bartning, Otto

BORN 12 Apr 1883, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg - DIED 20 Feb 1959, Darmstadt, Hessen
GRAVE LOCATION Darmstadt, Hessen: Alter Friedhof, Ramstädter Strasse (I-Mauer-023)

Otto Bartning was the son of the merchant Otto Bartning (1837-1911) from Hamburg. His mother Jenny was a daughter of the theologian Karl Wilhelm Doll. In 1902 he entered the Technical University in Charlottenburg where Julius Carl Reschoff was one of his teachers. In 1904 he travelled around the world. He continued his studies in Berlin and in Karlsruhe. From 1905 he also worked as a freelance architect in Berlin. In 1907 or 1908 he ended his studies without graduating. In 1909 he married Klara Fuchs (1878-1966). They had three children.

Until the First World War he built seventeen churches in Catholic Danube countries. He was a member of the board of the Deutschen Werkbund from 1929 to 1923. With Walter Gropius he developed the idea of the Bauhaus, but afterwards Gropius founded it alone. From 1926 to 1930 he the director of the new Weimar School of State Architecture. After the NSDAP won the elections in Thüringen in 1930, he was succeeded by Paul Schultze-Naumburg. After that he worked in Berlin.

In 1946 he founded the Evangelical Settlement Service for housing construction together with Eugen Gerstenmaier (1906-1986). From 1950 he shared an office with Otto Dörzbach (1920-1989). He moved to Darmstadt in 1950 and he died there in 1959.


The grave of Otto Bartning at the Alter Friedhof in Darmstadt, Hessen.
Picture by Androom (01 Aug 2022)


• Schneider, Carlo, Die Friedhöfe in Darmstadt, Eduard Roether, Darmstadt, 1991
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Bartók, Béla

Published: 26 May 2024
Last update: 26 May 2024