Historically, Jägerstrasse ran through the heart of the Berlin banking district. The Mendelssohn family owned no less than six buildings on this street, as they grew their family business into the largest private banking house in Berlin. Thus, Jägerstrasse became the nexus of the social life and business activities of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn’s descendants, a dynasty of bankers, artists, and scholars with ties to the upper echelons of Prussian society.
In 1815, two sons of Moses Mendelssohn, both bankers, moved the offices of their bank to Jägerstrasse 51, between two Prussian state banks – the Königliche Giro- und Lehnbank (later: Reichsbank) on Oberwallstrasse and the Preussische Seehandlung (later: Preussische Staatsbank) at the corner of Jägerstrasse/Gendarmenmarkt. Around 1890, a counter hall was built for the headquarters of the Mendelssohn Bank, but was converted into a coach house (“Remise”) before the decade was out. This stately hall, with its brick vaulting and granite pillars, housed the coaches the ennobled banking families used to travel to their villas in the outlying district of Grunewald and to the manor in Börnicke near Bernau. On these estates, the Mendelssohns continued their tradition of concerts at home, which they had begun in Jägerstrasse with their famous friends Clara Schumann and Joseph Joachim.
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Mendelssohns became exceptionally generous patrons of the arts, also founding endowments and social charities. In 1938, their banking house was liquidated by the National Socialist regime, and the building at Jägerstrasse No. 51 was turned over to the Reich Finance Ministry. Under the Communist German Democratic Republic, the coach house was used as a humble garage and auto workshop, while new levels were added to the original, two-story baroque edifice. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the building was restored. In 2004, the Mendelssohn-Remise was re-opened to the public in its original condition as part of the 18th annual Jüdische Kulturtage (Days of Jewish Culture), which were dedicated to the theme “Mendelssohn & Company.” For further details, please see the Ausstellungsprospekt der Jüdischen Kulturtage 2004.
Getting married in Mendelssohn Remise
The historic coach house of the Mendelssohn bank building is the ideal setting for a marriage ceremony. A representative of the Standesamt (municipal registry of births, marriages and deaths) Berlin-Mitte Standesamt Mitte von Berlin will officiate at the usual hours offered by the registry. A subsequent standing reception can be arranged as well. Any number of good restaurants around Gendarmenmarkt square will be happy to accommodate your party for the wedding lunch or dinner. For further details, please see our brochure.