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The Foundation

The Martin-Elsaesser-Foundation is dedicated to the life and work of the architect, author and university professor Martin Elsaesser.

Martin Elsaesser (1884-1957) made his name as a young architect before WW I, becoming a key innovator of Protestant ecclesiastical architecture in Southern Germany. From 1925 to 1932 he was Director of City Planning in Frankfurt/Main and as such, responsible for some of the key buildings of the ‘New Frankfurt’. Besides designing schools, churches and other public buildings of note, he was the architect of the Central Market Hall, considered his masterpiece and designated as the future seat of the European Central Bank.

The Martin-Elsaesser-Foundation is a charitable institution, dedicated to the preservation of Martin Elsaesser’s artistic and architectural heritage.

The Foundation intends to make a lasting and substantial contribution to the study of socially responsible architecture and planning. In addition, it encourages the uses of architecture in an environmentally vigilant and historically aware manner.

The Foundation exists since March 30th, 2009 as a legal body, according to the German Civic Code and is recognized as a charitable, not-for-profit organization, according to the German Tax Code. Its official seat is in Frankfurt/Main.