Brown House, Munich
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The Brown House (German: Braunes Haus) was the national headquarters of the National Socialist German Worker's Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei; NSDAP) in Germany. It was named for the color of the party uniforms.
A large impressive stone structure, it was located at 45 Brienner Straße in Munich, Bavaria. Situated between Karolinenplatz and Königsplatz the mansion was built in 1828 by Jean Baptiste Métivier (de) in neo-classicism style for the aristocrat Karl Freiherr von Lotzbeck. Since 1876 the building was known as "Palais Barlow".
By 1930, the NSDAP headquarters at Schellingstrasse 50 had become too small (with the number of workers increasing from four in 1925 to 50 that year). In April 1930, Elizabeth Stefanie Barlow (widow of William Barlow (1869–1928), an English wholesale merchant) offered the Palais Barlow for purchase to Franz Xaver Schwarz, party treasurer. A sales contract was signed on 26 May, with a purchase price of 805,864 marks. Funds for renovation of party headquarters were provided by industrialist Fritz Thyssen. The house was converted from an urban villa to an office building by the architect Paul Troost. He and Adolf Hitler also re-decorated it in a heavy, anti-modern style. It opened on 1 January 1931.
Adolf Hitler maintained an office in the Brown House, as did Hans Frank, Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, Philipp Bouhler, and Franz Xaver Schwarz. Hitler kept a life-size portrait of Henry Ford next to his desk, as Ford and Adolf Hitler admired each other's achievements.
Also stored in the Brown House was the so-called Blutfahne ("blood flag" or "blood banner"). This was the National Socialist flag that had been carried at the head of the demonstration during the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. When Munich police had opened fire on the marchers, it had been spattered with the blood of the wounded and became a sacred relic of the NSDAP.
The Brown House was damaged in October 1943 and largely destroyed in an allied bombing raid late in World War II. The rubble was cleared away in 1947, leaving an empty lot.
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