Palais Hardegg
Johann Romano, August Schwendenwein

On the site of the ‘Admonter Hof’, a medieval building that had had several owners over the years, Maximilian Hard­egg commissioned Johann Romano and August Schwendenwein, the Ringstrasse era’s most successful residential architects, to design him an early historicist palace replete with Oriental­ized décor. The evolving role of the aristocracy is evident in the building’s arrangement: the owner and his family lived on the piano nobile; the other floors were leased – e.g., to the delegation of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-­Schwerin-Strelitz.

In 1897 the palace was ac­quired by the ‘Österreichisch-­ungarische Bank’, located next door in Palais Ferstel: the bank had attempted to purchase Palais Hardegg back in 1955 in order to demolish it and have more room for Palais Ferstel. A design by Adolf Loos dating to 1919 proposes a high-­rise bank building in place of Palais Hardegg.

Just a few years later, follow­ing the relocation of the ‘National­bank’ to Otto-Wagner-­Platz, the palace was sold to the Anglobank. Palais Hardegg survived a number of other attempts to demolish it. More recently, ÖRAG, a real estate company, acquired the palace, restored it and leased it to different tenants, including the Ministry of Education.