Adolf Jandorf commissions the architect Johann Emil Schaudt with the construction of the building and founds a department store.
27. March 1907
The 'Kaufhaus des Westens' opens its doors for the first time. Jandorf presents a superlative range on five floors over 24,000 sq m. The huge range of goods and services attracts visitors from the whole of Berlin.
Under the auspices of KaDeWe, Tauentzienstraße changes from a pleasant residential street to become one of the most famous boulevards in the city.
Herrmann Tietz gets the architects Schaudt and Stroeming to enlarge the store.
Exquisite food in a modern ambience: The food court at KaDeWe 1931
During the National Socialist era, a banking group forces the Jewish owners to sell the Hertie chain by withholding credits and appoints an "Aryan" managing director.
An American aeroplane crashes into KaDeWe. The store almost burns to the ground.
KaDeWe becomes a symbol of the new beginning after the war. 180,000 Berliners celebrate the reopening of the first two floors on 3 July, 1950.
Construction of all seven floors is complete. The Gourmet Floor is opened. It becomes a mecca for gourmets and the store's crowd puller.
KaDeWe is further expanded, with the sales space extended to around 44,000 sqm.
KaDeWe experiences the biggest boom in its history after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Statefor more than100years
What apparently started as an adventurous idea by the Berlin merchant Adolf Jandorf in 1905 surpassed all expectations when KaDeWe was opened in March 1907. As the leading department store in the country, it presented customers with an array of desirable goods from around the world - from the latest Paris fashion show looks to exotic south sea fruits. Always a firm step ahead of the competition, KaDeWe today, as well as offering a vast variety of products, is also setting new standards in service. KaDeWe caters for a wide range of needs with luxurious beauty rooms and lounges, a wedding and gift service, a hotel and home service, tailor, hairdressers, buggy rental and a bureau de change. In its world-famous gourmet department on the sixth floor, Berlin's premium department store even plays host to exclusive parties high above the roofs of the city.
The same ritual takes place every day at KaDeWe and sometimes on Sundays too when, shortly before 10 am, the original iron gate dating from 1907 is lowered so that customers can embark on an exciting shopping adventure. Each day over 50,000 customers from around the world (100.000 during Christmas) are welcomed in cordially by the KaDeWe before being attended to on more than 60,000 sq m of sales space by some 2,000 employees, for each of which customer needs and first class service take pride of priority.
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