Orell Fussli Hof, Zurich, Switzerland

Hermann Weideli
Date Built
1924 - 1925
Bahnhofstrasse 31
The Orell Fussli website says that the company is, "... a diversified industrial and trading group engaged in the core businesses of banknote & security printing, industrial systems used in the individualization of security documents and branded products, and book retailing. The book publishing business founded in 1519 forms the traditional basis of the group. Orell Füssli generates sales of some CHF 300 million with about 900 employees at locations in 8 countries and is listed on the Swiss stock exchange."

The entrance on St Peterstrasse is quite ornate with sculptural decoration by Jacob Büllmann.

The building is home to the Uhrenmuseum Beyer, the Beyer Watch and Clock Museum.  It is located on the lower level of Bahnhofstrasse 31. It is affiliated with Chronometrie Beyer, a high grade watch retailer run by the same family for generations.  Beyer took up residence in the Orell Füssli building in 1927, where it was able to rent larger premises. Beyer has remained at this exclusive address to this day.

The attic level of the facade is decorated with a series of plaques with motifs related to science, trade and commerce.  They were designed by the artist Rudolf Mülli and created by the sgrafffito technique.

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