Max Littmann
Max Littmann was a German architect
An architect is a person trained in the planning, design and oversight of the construction of buildings. To practice architecture means to offer or render services in connection with the design and construction of a building, or group of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the...


Littmann was educated in the Gewerbeakademie Chemnitz
Chemnitz University of Technology
Chemnitz University of Technology is located in the town of Chemnitz in Germany. With over 10000 students it is the third largest university in Saxony and around 750 international students from 100 universities all over the world are enrolled each year...

 and the Technische Hochschule Dresden. In 1885, he moved to Munich where he met Friedrich Thiersch
Friedrich Thiersch
Friedrich Wilhelm Thiersch , was a German classical scholar and educationist.-Biography:He was born at Kirchscheidungen...

 and Gabriel von Seidl and where - after two study trips to Italy
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 and Paris
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 - he established himself as a free architect.

In 1891, he joined the contracting business of his father-in-law Jakob Heilmann
Jakob Heilmann
Jakob Heilmann was a German contractor.Son of a glazier, Heilmann attended the construction school in Munich and graduated with the exam as a master builder....

, thus transforming it into the Heilmann & Littmann
Heilmann & Littmann
Heilmann & Littmann was a leading German contracting business.It was originally founded in 1871 by Jakob Heilmann in Regensburg as "Baugeschäft J. Heilmann" , and, by 1876, specialized on railway construction, later on on building construction.In 1892, the well known young architect Prof...

 general partnership (later becoming a limited partnership), taking charge of the planning department. Littmann excelled in the erection of magnificent buildings, e. g. theaters, department stores and spas and was the perfect supplement to Heilmann, who had specialized in living house construction.

Even during his lifetime, Littmann was listed in the Encyclopaedia Judaica
Encyclopaedia Judaica
The Encyclopaedia Judaica is a 26-volume English-language encyclopedia of the Jewish people and their faith, Judaism. It covers diverse areas of the Jewish world and civilization, including Jewish history of all eras, culture, holidays, language, scripture, and religious teachings...

. His pedigree doesn't give any clue on the often referred Jewish descent, rather he is descended from a Protestant family in Oschatz
Oschatz is a town in the district Nordsachsen, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is located 60 km east of Leipzig and 60 km west of Dresden.- Site and Climate :...

The Free State of Saxony is a landlocked state of Germany, contingent with Brandenburg, Saxony Anhalt, Thuringia, Bavaria, the Czech Republic and Poland. It is the tenth-largest German state in area, with of Germany's sixteen states....

), which can be traced back for centuries.

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