New Town Hall (005QR2)
New Town Hall
This striking red brick building, the New Town Hall housing Wittenberg’s local authority since 2000, was originally a barracks. Construction work began on the area of the old fortifications in 1880, not long after the defortification of Wittenberg had been ordered by Emperor William I of Germany in 1873. To commemorate the previous Cavalier Bastion, the building was named Cavalier Barracks. The first soldiers were quartered here in 1883.
In 1921, the barracks were used to house the police. Under the Nazis they were inhabited by soldiers, and then used by the Soviet army after the Second World War. In the East German era, the building also contained a school for children of Red Army officers stationed in Wittenberg. Only long after the withdrawal of Soviet troops in 1990 did an opportunity arise to repurpose the fenced-off ensemble. The property was acquired by the town council and, following extensive refurbishment, the Cavalier Barracks were reopened as the New Town Hall in 2000.