München: Various, 1888. First edition. Softcover. Oblong Octavo. 150pp. (unpaginated). Original illustrated tan wraps and black lettering on cover. Beveled edges. Frontispiece of the office building. Catalog containing a small selection of concrete and reinforced concrete buildings as well as industrial plants realized by the Allgemeine Hochbau-Gesellschaft during the last ten years. The introduction of the catalog cites that modern business buildings, exhibition and wood buildings will be presented in separate company catalogs. The catalog is partitioned into four categories: general industrial buildings, bridges and other underground engineering, coal processing plants, silos and holding tanks, and foundations and profusely illustrated with extraordinary b/w full-page photographs of Hochbau AG projects. Samples of the extensive catalog of buildings presented here are the passenger and storage halls for the Holland-America Line in Rotterdam, the paper factory Hermes in Düsseldorf, storage facilities for the Uruguayan government, a city gymnasium in Mühlheim/Ruhr, extensive documentation of the construction of a Dormagen paint manufacturer (category 1), various street and train bridges, tube tunnels, and cranes (category 2), various coal mines, wheat silos, boiler houses of the paper manufacturer Hermes and the paint manufacturer Dormagen, indoor pool in the city of Altona (category 3), and foundations of storage buildings in Uruguay, the State Court in Düsseldorf, a hospital in Barmbeck, and the fundaments for the Exhibition of Industry, Business and Art in Düsseldorf, 1915 (category 4). Due to the outbreak of W. W. I. the finish components of the Düsseldorf exhibition were removed and the underground tunnels were collapse through flooding. The catalog concludes with four samples of business buildings including the main hall of the 1914 Werkbund Exhibition in Cologne. Text in German. Wraps with very light wear along edges. Wraps and interior in overall very good to near fine condition. vg to near fine. Item #39669
The Allgemeine Hochbau-Gesellschaft was founded in 1904 as a limited liability company and converted to a publicly traded corporation in 1921. The company went through a number of name changes, Allgemeine Hochbau- und Tiefbau AG, 1933, Allgemeine Hoch- und Ingenieurbau AG, 1935, A. H. I.-BAU Allgemeine Hoch- und Ingenieurbau AG, 1953. Branch offices were established in Cologne, Hamburg, Halle/Saale and The Hague. In 1951 a Swedish license for slipform constructions and the company rapidly expanded. In a 1969 domination agreement the Strabag Bau-AG, one of the largest construction companies worldwide, became the controlling share holder with more than 90% of the shares.