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Karl Marx-Hof

In the 1920s, Vienna was governed by a socialdemocratic town council, elected mainly thanks to the votes of first-time women voters, a period known as Red Vienna. The council formed the ambitious plan to build houses for its entire working population. As a result, between 1923 and 1933 more than 60,000 new apartments, wellappointed for the time, were built. The programme was financed by a luxury tax imposed on wealthy citizens. Its execution was so strict that the municipal finance director, Hugo Breitner, earned himself the nickname the “financial vampire”. Karl Marx-Hof is an immense complex of 1,382 council apartments and recreational facilities, and is the most celebrated of the municipal housing developments of that period. The project’s architect, Karl Ehn, was a pupil of Otto Wagner.

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