The building historian and architect Eugen Hausladen (1894–1936), who died prematurely, left behind unpublished manuscripts on Augsburg’s architectural history. To this day, his texts have lost nothing of their invaluable importance as sources. Hausladen tells the architectural history of the city through the archival traces of its master builders – from mentions in medieval chronicles up to assessments of earlier modern documents. A dense network of names emerges, comprised of architects who made designs, craftsmen, carpenters, bricklayers and stuccoers. Hausladen added to this basic framework the architectural structures of the masters and bricklayers, as well as the clients named from the church and the middle class. He also analyzed stylistic development and made reference to activities outside the city.
Since Hausladen was familiar with Augsburg in its prewar state – and moreover had free access to its archival inventories – his findings have inestimable value for historical building research. The altaugsburggesellschaft is therefore publishing Eugen Hausladen’s documentation in two volumes: initially on the “Middle Ages and the Renaissance,” followed by Augsburg during the eras of the “Baroque and Neoclassicism.”