An unmistakeable landmark at the end of Graben, this classical building was built in 1798/99. A refurbishment programme began in 1999, followed by a loft conversion in 2001. The building services and office fixtures and fitting were upgraded or completely renewed as required.
This building in the classicist style, right at the end of the visual axis of the Graben, was commissioned and built by the Lower Austrian civil servant Franz Josef Haggenmüller zu Grienberg in 1798/99. The buildings ‘Zur goldenen Sonne’, first mentioned in 1445, and ‘Zum weißen Storchen’, first mentioned in 1441, were demolished to make room for it. At the beginning of the 19th century, the Allgemeine Anfrage-und Auskunfts-Comptoir [general enquiry and information department] was located on the first floor of the building. For a fee, this department provided information ‘on all civil and social business and issues of which knowledge is allowed to be transmitted’.
© Franz Brück
In 1843, the Carl Haslinger (formerly Tobias Haslinger) music publishing house moved into the building and resided there until 1875. During this time, numerous works by Viennese composers were published (including Johann Strauss, Josef Strauss, Eduard Strauß and Carl Michael Ziehrer). In 1874, the Jewish Imperial and Royal Court photographer Adele Perlmutter opened her photographic studio Adèle in the building, and it remained there until her nephew Ernst Förster was forced to flee from the Nazis in 1938. In 1828, Johann Baptist Freiherr von Pasqualati purchased the building, and his descendants sold it to the Central European Länderbank in 1910.
From 1999 onwards, the building was renovated, and in 2001 work started on a roof extension, in the course of which the service installations and office equipment were upgraded or completely renewed. SIGNA acquired the building in 2009.
The lower floors of the building house the luxury delicatessen ‘Meinl Am Graben’, which opened in 1950 and gave the building its name. There are offices in the floors above it. The entire property has high ceilings typical of old buildings and, due to the very low average rents at present, it offers a high potential for rent increases in future.