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Your donation for the preservation of the Pfingstberg ensemble

The Förderverein Pfingstberg e.V. is recognized as a non-profit organization as defined by German tax code (§§ 51 ff. Abgabenordnung (AO)).

The association’s statutes can be downloaded here:

You can deposit or transfer your donation to the following account of Förderverein Pfingstberg:

Förderverein Pfingstberg e.V.
IBAN: DE82 1605 0000 3503 0111 01
Bank name: Mittelbrandenburgische Sparkasse Potsdam

Recurring renovation work on the building structures and ongoing maintenance of the garden grounds will continue to be necessary for the long-term preservation of the historical ensemble on Pfingstberg.

In the recent past, funding from donations has helped to make significant renovations possible, including: the restoration of the Temple of Pomona; restoring the wall tiles in the Maurisches Kabinett (Moorish Chamber) at the Belvedere; and addressing and repairing damage caused by moisture in the Belvedere’s entrance hall.

Your donation can also help us to preserve the Pfingstberg ensemble in all its beauty and historical importance, and to make it a memorable experience for visitors.


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Current projects

About 25 years ago the dilapidated Temple of Pomona was rebuilt thanks to a generous donation from the Hermann Reetsma Foundation. Since then, visitors have been able once again to experience Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s first architectural work. Every year from Easter to October varying art exhibitions are shown there and fairytales told on the roof terrace as part of the “Culture in Nature” series. The weather, in particular, has increasingly impacted the historical building, making necessary renovation measures such as those described below.

The Temple of Pomona has the form of a Greek temple. Schinkel was inspired by the northern façade of the Erechtheion on the Acropolis in Athens. The columns decorating the front of the Temple of Pomona are – contrary to their appearance – made of wood rather than stone, the customary building material in Greece. Their white paint has meanwhile begun to peel off, making repainting necessary to prevent weather damage to the wood.

The marble floor of the Temple of Pomona shows signs of intense wear and requires special cleaning and maintenance.

The exterior façade of the Temple of Pomona also needs a new coat of paint because of moss forming on its lower walls, a problem aggravated by water spashing up onto them when it rains. The summer of 2017 was very rainy, and climate change in recent years has also been accompanied by many downpours. Flaking will also be repaired.

The costs of these repair measures are currently estimated at around 10,000 euros.

Maintenance of the gardens is mostly done by the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten (SPSG). But outside financial support remains necessary, because external companies have to carry out particular gardening tasks, for instance, aerating the lawn areas. This work is continuous, so every euro counts.

Previous projects

Donations were also collected in 2017 by members of the Förderverein Pfingstberg, with the focus being on the Römisches Kabinett (Roman Chamber) in the Belvedere on Pfingstberg. Preservation and stabilizing measures were carried out on the interior plaster, with missing areas being replaced in the base sections and the observation tower staircase. There the historical color scheme was also reconstructed and steps undertaken to preserve and protect the original paint layer. The plasterwork was executed by the Altenkirch & Tomaschewski company and cost 4.000 euros. Painting work costing around 4.700 euros was carried out by the Sven Dreilich painting company from Potsdam. The association contributed 4.500 euros raised from donations to defray the costs of these renovations.

The awning roof at the Temple of Pomona had become increasingly porous and cracked and covered with verdigris by 2017. A new, but historically accurate roof was constructed and installed in April 2017.

The landscape architect and garden designer Peter Joseph Lenné was born 225 years ago. Lenné, who greatly influenced the Prussian garden landscape, also created the Pfingstberg park and gardens, which were completed in 1863. Through the inclusion of various viewing axes, he embedded Pfingstberg into a romantic garden realm.

In 2014 the Förderverein Pfingstberg in Potsdam e.V. committed itself to preserving the Pfingstberg park and gardens. The association’s members have joined in caring for garden grounds year-round since then. Many tasks, however, are also carried out by professionals, generating enormous costs. Garden care must be refinanced each year. The Förderverein Pfingstberg collected donations for this purpose and held a photo competition to draw attention to the gardens. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for sending in photos and say how much we appreciate your donations.

In 2012–13 calls for donations focused on moisture damage on the western tower of the Belvedere on Pfingstberg. The damage caused by leaks in the observation deck was repaired between August 2013 and June 2014, during which time the western tower was under a scaffold for ten months. The Förderverein Pfingstberg was able to raise 75,000 euros for this repair work, which cost a total of 235,000 euros. The proprietor of the Pfinstberg ensemble, the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg (SPSG), took over a share of 160,000 euros. In addition to large donations from the Hermann Reemtsma Foundation and the family of Prof. Dr. Werner Otto, the founder of the mail order company, many other donors also contributed to financing the project with smaller donations.

We would like to thank all donors for their support. It was thanks to your help that the damage on the western tower could be repaired.
Wir danken allen Spendern ganz herzlich für ihre Unterstützung! Die Schäden am Westturm konnten dank ihrer Hilfe beseitigt werden.

In summer 2011 the damaged gold ornamentation on the wall tiles in the Maurisches Kabinett
(Moorish Chamber) was restored.
Restoration work costing more than 3000 euros was financed with donations raised by the
Förderverein Pfingstberg. Gold leaf worth approx. 400 euros was donated by the Hans Karo
restoration company.

We sincerely thank Hans Karo and all the other donors for their support!

In 2010 the exterior shell of the Temple of Pomana, which was rebuilt in 1993, was renovated. The plaster was repaired in places, the temple exterior was repainted, and a new awning roof was installed. Then, in spring 2011, the interior was renovated. This work included restoring the plaster mouldings. The costs for these renovations amounted to more than 20,000 euros and was financed with donations.