New streets, houses, villas and shops followed soon after. And hotels – especially hotels. Sophisticated travellers were drawn to modern luxuries, travelling with the fashionable ‘Mädler’ suitcases straight from the shop at Kaiserstraße 29. The ladies wore modern and elegant straight-cut dresses, while chivalrous gentlemen dressed in smart, three-piece suits, preferably with top hats.
Five large houses were built around Frankfurt’s train station alone. All of them were magnificent. And all of them were destroyed. But one of them defied the odds: Hotel Hohenzollern. It was a hotel, a cinema, and a nightclub. It was loved, neglected and forgotten.