Fellner & Helmer

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Ferdinand Fellner
Hermann Helmer
Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer

Fellner & Helmer was an architecture studio founded in 1873 by Austrian architects Ferdinand Fellner (April 19, 1847 – March 22, 1916) and Hermann Helmer (July 13, 1849 – April 2, 1919).

They designed over 200 buildings (mainly opera houses and apartment buildings) across Europe in the late 19th century and early 20th century, which helped bind the Austro-Hungarian Empire together and cement Vienna as its cultural center.[1][2] While most of the work stood in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, others can be found from Switzerland to present-day Ukraine. Frequent collaborators for integrated exterior and interior art work include Gustav Klimt, Hans Makart, Theodor Friedl, and other significant artists.


Ferdinand Fellner was born in Vienna in 1847. He studied at the Vienna University of Technology, but abandoned in the first year to help his sick father. After the death of his father in 1871 he overtook his office. He died in Vienna in 1916.[1]

Hermann Gottlieb Helmer was born in Harburg upon Elbe in Germany, and died in Vienna.

Theatres by Ferdinand Fellner[edit]

Timișoara National Theatre, Austro-Hungary, now Romania. Only the side wings were restored according to the original design.

Theatres by Fellner and Helmer[edit]

Original design of the Rijeka theatre's west façade (1882)
Katona József Theater auditorium
Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava, (1885-86)
Oradea National Theatre, (1900), Austro-Hungary, now Romania
Ivan Vazov National Theatre in Sofia, Bulgaria (1906)

Theatres designed by Fellner & Helmer[1]

Other buildings[edit]



External links[edit]

Media related to Büro Fellner & Helmer at Wikimedia Commons