Wien Josefstadt

Old Vienna photos: Josefstadt

For a few years now I live in the 8th district in Vienna. I have put together some old Vienna photos here, part of the buildings shown here still stand (like the Josefstadt Theatre). Other buildings no longer exist, but gave the place its name, e.g. Blindeninstitut – Blindengasse.

The suburban character, i.e. village structures, was still preserved in some areas of Josefstadt until the beginning of the 20th century. However, the living conditions in these old buildings were sometimes catastrophic.

The first photo shows the view of Josefstadt at a time when the glacis (free space in the area outside the city walls) was still empty. In the background you can see the Piaristen church.

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Panoramic view from the town in direction of the Cartographic Institute (Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying; Front Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz) over the Ringstraße, which has just been lined up. Picture taken during the parade for the 30th birthday of Emperor Franz Joseph.
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Vienna 8, Lerchenfelderstraße 60 courtyard, close-up of the exit.
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The municipal theatre with elaborate decoration.

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City Theatre. Front from Laudongasse. (Demolished 1961).
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In the place of the theatre today is the Music and Singing School of the City of Vienna (Screenshot Google Street View)

Two times the Josefstäder theatre, the first picture probably dates from the beginning of the 20th century.

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Josefstadt street with Josefstadt theatre
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Facade of the theatre diagonally from the left. Vienna 8, Theater in der Josefstadt
Simoner, Otto, 09.1966
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Beautiful courtyard of a Pawlatschenhaus – some of these houses have been preserved until today in the 8th district.

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Lange Gasse 3 courtyard: view into the corner with staircase.
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Palais Auersperg, shot from the left with tram
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The Albertgasse is named after the water pipe.

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Albertgasse, outlet of the Albertinian water pipe, with decorative vase.
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Josefstädter Straße, suburban houses. Picture from the right.
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This part of the Lange Gasse looks almost the same today – the cars have changed a bit! 😉

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View from Lange Gasse no. 42 towards Josefstädterstraße.
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‘Alte Backstube’: Pastry shop and Café-Stüberl.
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