- DateApril 2015
- LocationLeipzig, Saxony, Germany
- CategoryUrban Stroll
- ObjectSpinning Mill Powerplant
- TextSascha Hohlfeld
- ImagesJonathan Danko Kielkowski
Coal Power Plant
Germany | Urban Stroll | April 2015
Urban Stroll – Leipzig, Episode 7
- She is the fastest growing city in Germany and got called the “New Berlin” from the New York Times in 2014. Over 1000 year of history highlights the last defeat of Napoleon in the Battle of Nations 1813 or the significant role in the Peaceful Revolution as two examples. Known as trade city since Medieval times it has also a rich industrial history. Resulting in a broad variety in architecture which now is getting restored for the “booming new Leipzig” step by step. This post is part of a series about remaining “Lost Places” which might be fancy and expansive quite soon.
Stöhr&Co. Kammgarn Spinning Mill Powerplant
The Stöhr&Co. Kammgarn Spinning Mill was founded 1880 and grew over the years to Leipzig biggest industrial plant with over 3000 employees on its peek in 1913. Partially destroyed in the Second World war the plant started production in 1948 again before it was closed in the 90s. While most parts of the plant had been restored in the last years and are in use again the power-plant still lies abandoned in the west part of the area.
The Stöhr & Co. Kammgarn Spinning Mill 1935. Yellow-abandoned factory powerplant. Image-IfLA, Sign. PKL-Industr032 from the book “ Über den Dächern von Leipzig: Luftbildfotografien 1909-1935″
After entering the site i immediately across some rather wired looking debris. It took me a while before I realized that this were the remains of an collapsed chimney that covered a stretch of about 100 meters. How it ended up and why it was still here I did not find out before I was back home again.
After some research I found an old news report from 1995. Apparently demolition of the plant was supposed to start back than with the opening act of blowing up the the chimney. But some messed up and rather than collapsing to itself the chimney fall to its side right into a swamp next the the plant. The impact of the falling chimney was so intense that debris were flying several hundred meters far damaging surrounding buildings and cars heavily. A never ending lawsuit for who was to blame followed after this incident leading to the situation that the plant as well as the remains of the chimney were left untouched to this day. Atleast untouched by officials.
Like other places in transition in the city this plant is no exception and signs of life and an unintended and planed usage of it are visible everywhere.