August Endell (German, 1871-1925), Built 1898; Destroyed 1944
August Endell was a self-taught architect who worked with Hermann Obrist to design this photography studio. The Atelier Elvira studio was the first woman-owned company in Germany. The stylized dragon on the facade offended Nazi aesthetic sensibilities and was chipped away in 1937. Then the building was bombed to the ground during World War II.
In addition to his work as a sculptor and textile artist, Obrist founded a school for design in Munich. His “whiplash” designs were an important influence on Jugenstil and Art Nouveau. Obrist wrote of seeing an ethereal vision of a heavenly city when he was a young man. An otherworldly, visionary quality characterizes his work.