Wilhelm Stiassny

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Wilhelm Stiassny, 1883

Wilhelm Stiassny (1842, Pressburg (Bratislava)  – 1910, Bad Ischl) was a Jewish Austrian architect.[1]

Personal life[edit]

From 1857 to 1861, Stiassny studied at the Polytechnic in Vienna and afterwards studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Friedrich von Schmidt.

In 1867 Stiassny was appointed delegate to the Paris Exposition by the Ministry of Commerce, and in the following year he settled in Vienna as an architect. Up to 1905 he has directed the construction of 180 palaces, schools, residences, factories, hospitals, and synagogues, among which the Rothschild Hospital at Währing (1873), the Hall of Ceremonies in the Jewish section of the Vienna Central Friedhof, the Königswarter Institute for the Blind at Hohewarte, the Kindergarten in the second district of Vienna, the Rothschild Hospital at Smyrna, and the synagogues at Malaczka (Hungary), Gablonz, Czaslau, and Weinberge. From 1878 to 1900 Stiassny was a member of the aldermanic board of Vienna and of the Donauregulierungs-Commission. Since 1879 he has been a member of the board of trustees of the Jewish community of Vienna. In 1895, Stiassny founded the Society for the Conservation and Preservation of Art and Historical Monuments of Judaism, the world's first Jewish museum.[2] He also served as head of the Jewish Colonization Association in Vienna.



  1. ^ Tanaka, Satoko, Wilhelm Stiassny (1842–1910) Dissertation, Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität Wien, 2009. (in German)
  2. ^ Hödl, Klaus, From Acculturation to Interaction: A New Perspective on the History of the Jews in Fin-de-Siecle Vienna, Shofar, 25.2, 2007