• 2.6.1874 Born in Bremen
  • 1890 Apprenticeship in Hannover
  • 1893 Military service in Bremen
  • 1894 Authorized officer in the company of his father, later a partner. A member of the "Niedersachsenrunde von 1900", collector of homeland Art
  • 1902 Purchase of the house Böttcherstrasse no. 6
  • 1906 Patenting of the decaffeination process and establishment of Kaffee-Handels-AG, major advertising campaign, publishing the literary magazine "Güldenkammer"
  • 1912 till 17 Residence in Berlin
  • 1915 Appointed by the Foreign Office as Head of Propaganda in the Balkans afterwards in Scandinavia, briefly soldier
  • 1917 Appointment as the Bulgarian General Consul based in Bremen, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Central Office for Foreign Trade, Member of the Audit Committee for candidates of the Foreign Service
  • 1918 Introduction to Bernhard Hoetger
  • 1919/20 Founding of the Angelsachsen-Verlag
  • 1920er Reconstruction of the diplomatic missions and production units of the HAG, numerous trips around the world
  • 1922 Honorary doctorate from the University of Munster, joint partner in the Bremen Focke-Wulf aircraft company
  • 1922 Beginning of the renewal of the Böttcherstrasse on his initiative and according to his ideas
  • 1929 Development and launch of KABA
  • 1931 For the 25-year anniversary of HAG: completing the Böttcherstrasse with the completion of the Robinson Crusoe House
  • 1933 Enthusiastic support for the takeover of the NSDAP
  • 1933 and 1934 Invitation for the first and second "Nordischen Thing" at the Böttcherstrasse
  • 1935 Publishing of  the collection folders "Deutsche Kunst"
  • 1936 Proscription of Böttcherstrassen-culture by Adolf Hitler
  • 1942 Constantly in Berlin
  • 15.5.1943 Died in Berlin


With its closed construction of a little more than a hundred meters and as a link between the market and Weser, the Böttcherstrasse is now one of the main attractions in Bremen. Museums, craft workshops in narrow courtyards, gastronomy, hotels and high-quality retail stores form their own little world. The Böttcherstrasse is not a randomly-preserved medieval ensemble, which was built as a museum alleyway, but a consciously planned, designed group of houses, except the Roselius Haus, in the time from 1922 to 1931.

With the completion of thePaula Modersohn-Becker-Haus and the house Atlantis buildings not only German but world attention was attracted because of the highly unusual form of design. This was the intention of the spiritual father and financiers of the Böttcherstrasse, Ludwig Roselius (1874-1943). As a coffee merchant (HAG), art lover, patron and visionary, he transformed his life's dream of the road into architecture. The buildings should not only be of use as an advertisement for his Kaffee HAG, but also as an expression for his ideology and his utopias, which were transformed in architecture by the sculptor Bernhard Hoetger and the Bremen architectural team Runge & Scotland. Starting point for Roselius was a collection of Low German culture in language, art and crafts.


The archive Böttcherstrasse documents the history of the Böttcherstrasse from its beginnings to the present day, in all their diversity and is a major part of the memory of the city. Accordingly, the artefacts are extensiv. There are not only files from building the houses - there are about four thousand drawings and about two thousand historical photos of the street and its buildings and records on companies and publishing houses (Friesen-Verlag and Niedersachsen-Verlag), which were operated from the Böttcherstrasse in 1944.

Post-war cultural activities are documented in the Böttcherstrasse:

  • the „Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße“
  • „Neues Forum“
  • the „Kammerspiele Böttcherstraße“
  • lecture Series: "Geistige Begegnungen in der Böttcherstraße"
  • over 600 exhibitions of contemporary art at the Art Show Böttcherstrasse from 1954 to 1983
  • the beginning of the „Bremer Shakespeare Company“

In addition to a newspaper archive, which contains the press coverage of the Böttcherstrasse from 1927 to the present, there is also a small library available: about one thousand volumes, mainly on the theme of Böttcherstrasse, Paula Modersohn-Becker or Bernhard Hoetger.

The archive of the Böttcherstrasse is under scientific supervision since 1994. The recording and digitization of the inventory is continuous.

On request the archive Böttcherstrasse organizes tours and lectures of the Böttcherstrasse, shows at intervals exhibitions about the history of the Böttcherstrasse and participates in public relations of the Böttcherstrasse GmbH. Another important task is the processing and publication of source material on the history of Böttcherstrasse.