History of the Gewandhaus
The first Gewandhaus (a building for the production and selling of clothes) opened at the Old Market Square. It functioned as a domicile for clothiers and dressmakers and was also used for events and market days.
The Gewandhaus was also used as city hall.
Due to a shortage of rooms in the Gewandhaus, a disused synagogue (the Jüdenhof at the New Market Square) was set up as a cloth hall, an armoury, a silo and a brewery.
Between Frauengasse and Jüdenhof, the construction of the "second Gewandhaus" started. The basement was used for trade, and the upper floor was used for theatre and the selling of clothes.
During the Seven Years' War the building was completely destroyed.
During this time, the "third Gewandhaus" was built. For 58,000 thaler, Johann Friedrich Knöbel built the Gewandhaus on the place where it is today (between Ring and Gewandhausstrasse), combining Rococo and Classical styles. Apart from rooms for trade, one could also find administrative offices and one of the largest halls of Dresden, where the court orchestra had some of their music lessons.
The building was reconstructed to house the city bank.
Due to the bomb attacks on Dresden in the Second World War, the Gewandhaus was again destroyed.
The front of the building was secured.
Rebuilding started, with designers committed to keeping the original design. The Atrium and the beautiful Dinglinger fountain (from the courtly jeweller Johann Melchior Dinglinger) are the eye catchers. From here on out, the Gewandhaus was used as Gewandhaus Palais Hotel, with 200 beds.
The Gewandhaus passed into private hands and became a hotel.
8 September 1997
The five-star Radisson SAS Gewandhaus Hotel opened its doors with 97 beautiful rooms for its guests.
The 10th anniversary of the Radisson SAS Gewandhaus Hotel was celebrated.
The Radisson SAS Gewandhaus Hotel was renamed the Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel.