Preserving the past, designing the future: monument protection at BUWOG

Preserving the past, designing the future: monument protection at BUWOG

Monument Day on 25 September provides an occasion to take a closer look at our historic (residential) buildings. By preserving listed properties, BUWOG helps protect valuable cultural heritage in Austria.


As is well known, BUWOG is synonymous with happy living. This includes the construction of modern residential projects as well as the management and preservation of thousands of existing properties. These encompass numerous listed buildings – jewels that can be found all over Austria. Monument Day on 25 September provides an opportunity to call attention to the important social responsibility of preserving historic buildings.

Well-aged: buildings with a history to tell

Monument protection is aimed at the permanent preservation of monuments and material cultural assets in their variety and diversity. The crucial factor is an ascertainable historic, artistic or other cultural significance, as stipulated in the Austrian Federal Act on the Protection of Monuments.

As a leading real estate company, we shape cityscapes not only through new architectural accents, but also through the preservation of historic building fabric, which we render usable for modern living.

The combination and juxtaposition of a variety of historic monuments brings a quality of life and comprises the character of a city or village. Depending on the conditions, there is enormous potential in the re-use, re-functioning or even expansion of historic buildings. The charm of the old and the appeal of the new are no contradiction in terms in BUWOG’s residential construction. This is also demonstrated by the following selection of our listed properties.

Heller Park

  • Gussriegelstrasse 17, 1100 Vienna
  • Renovation & new build: 2011
  • Architecture for the new build: Hermann & Valentiny / Querkraft
  • Historic building: candy factory, built in 1900

The “Eisfabrik” cold storage facility

  • Pasettistraße 71-75, 1200 Vienna
  • Restoration: 1998, new build: 1998
  • Historic building: the “Eisfabrik”, an industrial building with Art Deco motifs, built in 1925/26
  • Architecture: Silvio Mohr and Ferdinand Fuchsik

The Friesach blast furnace facility

  • Olsaring 2, Friesach
  • Restoration: 2001
  • Historic building: blast furnace facility, built in 1840



  • Gablenzgasse 60-60a, 1160 Vienna
  • Restoration: 2004/05
  • Historic building: a late-historicist residential building for officers at the former Schmelz parade and exercise ground, built in 1896


Town house on the Wels town square

  • Stadtplatz 11, 4600 Wels
  • Historic building: town house, built in the 16th century, façade from the 19th century


Hetzendorfer Straße

  • Hetzendorfer Straße 77 / 79a, 1120 Vienna
  • Historic building: two-floor baroque wing (“Pfarrerstöckl”) in Hetzendorf Palace
  • Architecture: Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, Anton Ospel



  • Kaserngasse 9, Mauer, 1230 Vienna
  • Restoration: 1993
  • Historic building: Tudor-style villa, built in 1862


Hoffmann sanatorium

  • Wienerstraße 64-66, 3002 Purkersdorf
  • Restoration: 1995 (exterior), 2003 (interior)
  • New build: 130 apartments/senior citizens’ care home (2005)
  • Historic building: the Purkersdorf Sanatorium, Art Nouveau structure, built in 1904-1905
  • Architecture: Josef Hoffmann


Monument Day

Monument Day is coordinated by the Austrian Federal Monuments Authority and takes place throughout Austria every year on the last Sunday in September (this year on 25 September).

The aim of the day is to familiarise the general public with the value of Austria’s cultural heritage as a valuable resource. On Monument Day, the doors are also opened to historic buildings not normally accessible to the public, or to just a limited extent. Monuments that are already known can be viewed from a new perspective in the scope of thematic tours and a special support programme.

Information on the range of offers can be found in German under


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