Its characteristic red-brick facade renders Vienna’s Stock Exchange on Schottenring as one of the most important monumental structures of the world-famous Ringstraße built in the 19th Century. The Stock Exchange was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph I and constructed between 1871 and 1877 by the Danish architect Theophil von Hansen. Until 1998 it housed the Vienna Stock Exchange.
Since its grand opening in 1877 this magnificent building of such historic value has been the centrepiece of the Ringstraße. With an air of congeniality the renowned architect Theophil von Hansen combined the requirements of the trading floor with accompanying social events, turning the magnificent setting of the Vienna Stock Exchange into a sophisticated hub of both financial and social life.
After a fire in 1956 the ballroom which can be hired for special occasions was meticulously renovated down to the very last detail. Theophil von Hansen’s work is characterized by the grandiose, yet rich-in-detail design of this room which provides a stately frame for major festive events.
Enclosed you will find the detailed, tabular history of the building:
|1771||The Vienna stock exchange is founded under the government of Empress Maria Theresia as an initially state-run institution|
|1860||The Vienna stock exchange receives financial autonomy, and rents today's Palais Ferstel|
|1870||Purchase of the estate on Schottenring, today’s stock exchange building|
|1871||Building permit and building start under the aegis of the Danish architect Theophil von Hansen|
|Hansen's love of detail delayed and raised the costs of the building. The bank committee continually requested economization but Hansen remained true to his layout and even paid part of the costs.|
|1877||The stock exchange moves from its interim quarters (after moving out of Palais Ferstel in 1876) into the “Wiener Börse” on Schottenring.|
|1877||The new stock exchange building celebrates its opening by Emperor Franz Joseph I on March 14th.|
|1956||A fire catastrophe destroys the grand bond stock exchange floor, with its 1440m² as massive centre point of the stock exchange building. The hall was arranged in an arcade system, the end was a precious wooden ceiling with frescos.|
|The Vienna Börsenkammer decides to rebuild it as meaningful parts of the building still remain and the exterior view is undamaged by the fire. Inside the building a big courtyard replaces the bulky stock exchange floor. The wing leading to the stock exchange plaza is undamaged and only just renovated – the inside ballroom is used for events.|
|2000||A private trust buys the ÖRAG and also takes over the stock exchange building.|
|2001||In May, foundation of the Palais Events Veranstaltungen GmbH by the Private Trust as operating company, with the Wiener Börsensäle as its first member.|
|2011||Inclusion and now member of Verkehrsbüro Group. The preferred catering company can be chosen by the organizer of the Wiener Börsensäle and of course Palais Events cuisine and catering are also available.|
More famous buildings by Theophil von Hansen:
Building of the Music Society
Academy of Applied Arts