December 3, 1878

The Alsfeld town hall 1874 (photo by Ludwig Bickell)

Alsfeld wants to abort!Commemoration: The demolition of the town hall is decided

In the 19th century, Alsfeld’s town hall was not in good condition: the turrets had been dilapidated and therefore dismantled. The arcades on the first floor were bricked up, parts of the facade were covered with slates and the roof was leaking. On December 3, 1878, the city council therefore decided to demolish the building.

This provoked resistance from the then district councilor Robert Hoffmann, who refused to approve the city council’s decision. The city then appealed to the district committee, which also voted in favor of demolition. This decision was also overturned by the district council, which appealed to the next higher authority, the provincial committee, which decided against the demolition. It should not be forgotten at this point that Alsfeld belonged to the Grand Duchy of Hesse at that time, democratic structures existed only in their infancy.

Restoration costs money that the city did not want to raise. District councillor Hoffmann therefore also provided the funding, partly even from his own coffers. A specially founded “committee”, a kind of citizens’ initiative, also helped.

In 1880, he succeeded in winning Grand Duke Ludwig as a supporter. The money then flowed. Despite all the successes, it was to remain a long and rocky road: It was not until 1912 that the renovation work on the city’s landmark was completed. CCRS