The Benjamin Franklin Hospital, built at the end of the 1950s in West Berlin, was one of the most significant projects from New Orleans-native architects Nathaniel Curtis and Arthur Davis, according to Karen Kingsley, a former Tulane University School of Architecture professor. Kingsley said the hospital complex was special in part because of its size and budget.
“It had an enormous amount of money put into it, because it was American federal money and they were trying to show East Germany how powerful they were,” said Kingsley. “You know, this was the biggest budget I think that Curtis and Davis had had until that time, so they could do everything perfectly with it.”
Monika Müller-Kroll digs into the history of the hospital building, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
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