Düsseldorf: Beratungsstelle für Stahlverwertung, 1928. First edition. Softcover. Small Quarto. 29 (1)pp., 25 (1) plates (4 in color). Original photo-illustrated blue wraps, black and red lettering on cover, protected in modern mylar. Protestant (Evangelical) Religious Architecture at the Pressa, Cologne 1928. Foreword by Otto Bartning, a known German architect and theoretician specialized in churches. Design of cover and typography by Prof. Otto Dorfner, Staatliche Bauhochschule, Weimar.
Bartning was a member of the German Werkbund and collaborated with Gropius to conceptualize the idea and program of the Bauhaus. Though he did not participate in the founding of the Bauhaus, he taught at the architecture school in Weimar after the Bauhaus had moved to Dessau. His international break -through came with the construction of the glass and steel church on the exhibition grounds of the 1928 Pressa in Cologne, conceived as a construction set and serving as the exhibition pavilion for the German Protestant Church during the Pressa. It was seen as a architectural statement that showed the will of the church to adapt to modernity, not to speak of the placement of this church vis à vis the famous Cologne Dome. Due to the economic hardships of most German parishes, there were no takers for the church and it was given without charges to the Protestant parish in Essen.
The book contains an essay by pastor Paul Girkon on the problems of Protestant church design in view of the Protestant doctrine and its solution in the design of the steel church, an expert opinion of the heating system of the church, and a contribution of the structural design of the church by the two Berlin engineers Kuhn and Schaim, including architectural plans. Illustrated with 16 striking photographs by H. Schmölz and J. Josuweck showing the construction, the exterior and interior of the church, 4 of them in color. Laid in a publisher's flyer of the publication by Girkon on glass painting as cult art. Text in German. Wraps with minor wear along edges and light rubbing of front cover. Wraps and interior in overall very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #43434