Lot 384

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A most important, heavily annotated 45" x 26" plan used during the construction of the "Kehlsteinhaus" in 1938, the complete first floor plan drafted by Prof. Roderich Fick on Mar. 2, 1938 in Munich. Illustrated is the elevator, reception room, dining room, guard room, bathrooms, kitchen, study, private office, and most significantly, the very large, circular meeting room. Also noted in the printed plan is the type of heating used in each space, often radiant heating though the floors, dimensions, plumbing fixtures, flooring, etc. Most significant is the addition in pencil of much of the seating and tables, most notably in the meeting room which shows 24 chairs set in a circle about eight oval tables. A pencil note reads: "Table candle-holders" with their locations indicated throughout the floor. Clearly this was a crucial plan in the construction of the structure, and may well have been discussed and developed in Hitler's presence. A second 37" x 21" printed plan is included showing a top view of the dining room with detail of the entrances, etc. Very good. The Kehlsteinhaus, or "Tea House", was presented to Adolf Hitler on his 50th birthday as a retreat and place to entertain friends and visiting dignitaries. It was commissioned by Martin Bormann in the summer of 1937 as a 50th birthday gift. Paid for by the Nazi Party, it was completed in 13 months. Architect Roderich Fick (1886-1955) was Hitler's favorite architect, and became one of the top choices of the Nazi hierarchy.

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July 7, 2015 10:00 AM EDT
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