The Beethoven-Haus Association bought Beethoven's birth house in 1889, saving it from demolition and nearly two decades of use as a beer hall and restaurant. The association renovated the house, leaving as much of it alone as was structurally possible, and purchased the adjacent buildings to preserve the street's eighteenth-century character. (The expansion also ensured that the association would own the house of Beethoven's grandmother, at which place the composer was likely baptized in 1770). Today the complex of buildings maintains the largest collection of Beethoven material in the world and is comprised of the birth house museum, a library, a publishing house, and a chamber music hall.
A lovely etching of the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn.
Although we have found several similar prints in the collections of the Beethoven-Haus and the Beethoven Center, we have not been able to identify the artist of this particular image.GPH-15367$135