The IG Farben Building is a symbol of grand elegance, modern history, a haunting past, and a bright future.
The IG Farben Building is also known as the Poelzig Building.
It was built in the late 1920s as the headquarters of the IG Farben conglomerate in Frankfurt. It was the largest office building in Europe until the 1950s: The building's six square wings retain a modern and grand elegance despite its size.
During World War Two the building was used by the Nazis for research relating to war materials, including Zyklon B, the lethal gas used in concentration camps. Also during the war, the building was spared from the bombing that levelled much of central Frankfurt.
After the allies won the war, it’s not surprising the building was then used as a headquarters for the Supreme Allied Command. Now the IG Farben building had a role to play in the Cold War.
Rumour has it that a very alluring sculpture of a young lady behind the building was covered up by the U.S. Military during their tenure.
With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War came to dissipate. In the mid 1990s the building became part of the University of Frankfurt.
It is now called the Goethe University.
As place of learning it is very impressive, and the architecture still holds its ground: The IG Farben Building is still an impressive sight.
These days, as part of the University of Frankfurt, you can wander around the campus and observe the juxtaposition of this and last century’s architecture styles, and of course the students going about their day.