In Cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte e. V.

About the Meeting Location

The primary meeting location will be the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität.

The Goethe-Unversität Frankfurt am Main is one of the largest universities in Germany, with 33,000 students. There are four locations of university institutions; the conference will take place in the Campus Westend, where most of the social sciences and humanities are located. The Campus Westend was the headquarters of the former IG-Farben Industries, then the second largest chemical enterprise in the world. After World War II, the building was used as the European headquarters of the American Army; with the end of the Cold War the building came to Frankfurt University. The house is situated in Grüneburg Park, formerly in the possession of the Rothschild family. We are very close to the city center, the center of European banking and finance, and from the university attendees will have an impressive view of the skyline.

Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt is Germany's most international city: open-minded, tolerant, and diverse. Frankfurt is the center of one of the most productive and dynamic regions in Europe. As continental Europe's largest financial center, home of the European Central Bank and the headquarters of many companies, the international importance of Frankfurt continues to grow. Frankfurt is a dynamic European metropolis, a global village, a melting pot of cultures, languages and lifestyles. The imposing skyline is what newcomers remember most. But behind those glass facades the atmosphere is surprisingly relaxed.

Some Significant Structures

Römerberg View

The Römer square with the Fountain of Justice
© Tourismus und Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main.

For more than six centuries, Frankfurt's destiny has been directed from the patrician houses on the Römerberg. Like most of his predecessors, the municipal leader lives above the Schwanenhalle, with a view of St. Paul's Church. The Römer is where the city councillors meet. Many offices reside here, and the civil registry office guarantees a wonderful ambience for weddings. In 1405, the city council purchased the buildings at the Römer from the merchant Kunz for "800 guldens of good Frankfurt currency in cash." Over the years, nine buildings and several inner courtyards have been added to form the present-day Römer complex. From the beginning the Römer had an importance that went beyond the city. Fifty-two pictures of the emperors in a splendid imperial hall bear witness to the election and coronation of German rulers, and can also be viewed by the public. The National Assembly was to meet here in 1848, but it was moved to St. Paul's Church because of space considerations. Until 1846, the Römer halls in the middle building served as halls for markets and fairs. Frankfurt's town hall suffered serious damage in the Second World War. Its reconstruction began in 1945, and it was reopened by Theodor Heuss in 1955. It was not until 1975 that the city restored the Römer's famous 3-gabled façade to its condition in 1897. In 2004, it was renovated, and a few statues and the "Frankofurtia" were given a new gold coating. The most famous landmark, however, is undoubtedly the Römer balcony, from which many famous people have waved to a cheering crowd.

Main tower, Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen

The Main Tower:
A 56-story skyscraper that serves as headquarters for the Helaba Group
©2012 Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen.

In 1953 the Hessische Landesbank Girozentrale arose from the merger of Hessische Landesbank Darmstadt Girozentrale (founded in 1940), Nassauische Landesbank Wiesbaden (founded in 1940), and Landeskreditkasse zu Kassel (founded in 1832). With a workforce of 6,300 and total assets of Euro 188.3 billion (2013), the Helaba Group is one of Germany's leading Landesbanks. As well as effectively having two HQs—in Frankfurt am Main and Erfurt—it is also represented at important financial centers worldwide through its regional offices, representative offices, and affiliates. The bank has branches in Kassel (Landeskreditkassezu Kassel), New York, London, Paris, and Dublin and is also present with representative offices in Madrid, Moscow, and Shanghai. Belonging to the Helaba Group are the subsidiaries Helaba Invest Kapitalanlagegesellschaft, Frankfurter Bankgesellschaft, and the OFB Group, which is active in real estate project development. Through the subsidiary Frankfurter Sparkasse, Helaba Group is the region's market leader in retail banking. With a profile such as this, Helaba is a European regional bank with access to selected international markets. It has a tradition of social responsibility over and above its financial functions, engaging in all areas of public life and sponsoring groundbreaking cultural, educational, environmental, sports, and social projects. The foundation stone of the Main Tower was laid in October 1996. Reconstruction of the restored sandstone façade in front of the entrance to the Main Tower has resulted in a fascinating and harmonious combination of classical and modern styles. Three years later, the bank moved into the building. With a height of 200 meters, it is the fourth-highest skyscraper in Frankfurt. Earlier, the bank was headquartered in the adjacent building, now called Garden Towers.

Historisches Museum Frankfurt

Historisches Museum Frankfurt:
The freshly renovated Saalhof on the North Bank of the Main
© 2012hmf, photo: J. Baumann.

The Historisches Museum Frankfurt has its origins in collections of the city and its citizens dating back to the fifteenth century. Founded in 1877-1878 on the basis of civil initiatives, it is the oldest museum in Frankfurt to be financed by the municipality. The museum's guiding concept was last extensively revised in 1972-1975. With the slogans "place of learning versus temple of the muses!" and "culture for everyone," the Historisches Museum launched a process by which the museum would become first and foremost a place of learning open to all strata of the population. The socio-historical issues of historical scholarship became the new guideline for the content-related work carried out by the museum staff. Thirty-five years later, the Historisches Museum is once again renewing its underlying concept. The historical buildings—including the Staufer Saalhof, one of the city's oldest erect buildings, and the Toll Tower ("Rententurm"), an element of the late medieval town fortifications—are being restored in keeping with the standards of historical monument preservation. The planned new construction will create a striking museum architecture which merges with the complex urban-architectural situation on the Römerberg in a manner as sensitive as it is modern. A new museum square will forge the link with the structures of the old town destroyed in 1944. The construction measures are scheduled to be completed in 2016. This time, the Historisches Museum is transforming from a specialized historical museum to a City History Museum. It will become a center of information, reflection, and discussion about Frankfurt, offering the multi-faceted explanations and backgrounds of the city's past as a frame of reference. As a forum for the important topics concerning the municipal society, it will contribute to the process by which that society comes to an understanding about its present and future. With its collections, exhibitions, and events, the museum will place as much emphasis on reacting to the present as it does to raising questions about the future.