Planning the New Cathedral Building

julius_raschdorff.jpg Planning for the new Cathedral building in the Lustgarten began as early as the 19th century.
Between 1825 and 1828, Karl Friedrich Schinkel presented numerous plans for a new Cathedral building. In 1842, construction began on a voluminous five-aisled basilica, based on drafts by August Stüler. However, due to the builder’s hesitations and the limited financial means, building advanced slowly and was stopped in 1848, at which point only the burial place had been completed.
Not until the reign of King William I, who later became Emperor, were the plans for a monumental Cathedral building advanced again. An architectural competition in 1867 proved ineffective, however, as none of the 51 submitted designs was approved by the jury.
Not until 1888 did the initiative find its conclusion. Julius Carl Raschdorff’s first design was not accepted, but the architect was given the opportunity to rework his plan. A somewhat changed and noticeably reduced form of Raschdorff’s so-called “20 million project” was approved by William II three years later.