Built in the 1850s, 55, Schönhauser Allee in Berlin is the oldest building in Prenzlauer Berg. While one day it would boast prestigious balconies, delicate stucco works and a façade made of sandstone, at the beginning of the renovation it was badly neglected. Complex restoration work began in close collaboration with the Office of Historic Monuments, from the very foundations to the smallest detail of décor, work which eventually gave the splendid building back its dignity. Meanwhile, the front house with its adjoining factory building possesses its own garage. The ground floor offers attractive space for commercial usage and its three floors received contemporary floor plans for living space, which allows for a finely-tuned division between private and public zones. In this way the old building fulfils modern requirements both for living and working, without forfeiting any of the charm of its refined historical features.