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The Spatial and Architectural Presence of Heirs to the Throne: The Apartments of the Habsburg Crown Princes in the Viennese Hofburg in the Long Nineteenth Century

  • Richard Kurdiovsky
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy book series (PSMM)


In the summer of 1858 the competition for the Ringstraße, the biggest city-enlargement project in nineteenth-century Vienna, was just under way. Court officials were discussing plans concerning the erection of two new court-buildings flanking the Äußerer Burgplatz (literally outer Hofburg square) and facing the Ringstraße. These buildings should either house new court theatres or new apartments for the imperial family and their highest guests. Only once was a different use suggested — and abandoned immediately afterwards: to turn one of the two buildings into a ‘prince’s palace’ (Prinzenpalais). The realization of this plan would have completely changed the traditional concept of housing Habsburg’s crown princes.


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