And for doing things on a monumental scale! The trading floor was really striking. After a major fire in 1956 it was converted into a beautiful courtyard. The Festsaal, which survives to this day, has 13-metre-high ceilings, making it the ideal venue for events. After all, guest appreciate a sense of space. The stucco work and wood panelling are a sight to behold.
Hansen was a stickler for details and, with the costs of his obsessive eye rising all the time, he dug into his own pocket to keep the project afloat.
Other well-known buildings by Theophil Hansen in Vienna: Arsenal, Parliament, Musikverein, Academy of Fine Arts.