And look at palaces in the Regierungstraße. "Regierung" in German means "government," so one would assume that the departments of Erfurt's local government had their offices there. Like all of Erfurt's other important structures, the buildings in the Regierungstraße had been neglected by the bankrupt Soviet government.

The first building at Regierungstraße 72 was known originally as the Haus zum Güldenen Stern and served as the kurfürstliches sächsisches Geleitshaus, a royal consulate for the princes of Weimar. Germany, as we know it today, did not exist until 1871. Before that, it was a patchwork of near-bankrupt principalities. The poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe served as a minister in goverment of Weimar and stayed in this building when he visited Erfurt.

The Markgrafengasse runs perpendicular to the Regierungstraße. Goethe's horse-drawn carriage must have entered the arched entrance and driven into the courtyard.

Regierungstraße 72, 1998

After renovation

Markgrafengasse, 1998, looking north

After renovation


Haus zum Laubstein, north end of the Markgrafengasse, 1998

After renovation

Regierungstraße 62-3, 1998

After renovation

Number 62 serves as the Swedish Consulate in Erfurt



March 31, 2023

How Long Do Republicans Wait?

Americans who vote Republican have to remember that, for people who work for the Republican Party, it's just a job. They may like their jobs. Mostly they prefer to keep their jobs. They may share the Republican sentiment for free-market principles and military readiness; but when someone like me comes along and suggests that Republicans petition for a nation of their own, they worry about things like job-redundancy and relocations more than they do about Democrat big-government and peacenik sell-out.

March 23, 2023

Release Grand Ole Prometheus!

Left-wing trash-talking of the GOP represents a concerted campaign that should concern its leaders. The scathing rhetoric suggests that the trash-talking will not end until the Left can make the GOP the permanent minority-party, and silence or discredit its associated media-organs. Older Americans familiar with the Nazi-smearing of the Jews should note the similarities in the left-wing method. Neither the Republicans nor freedom-loving people of any stripe should ignore the potential threat that these smear-tactics represent.

March 21, 2023

Republicans: a New Start

The Republican Party has a few tasks it needs to undertake. It needs to examine the philosophy it claims to represent and to take stock of its future, and stop thinking in terms of personal rivalries. We have more on the line than just choosing candidates and securing a victory in future elections. The GOP needs to regain a corporate sense-of-self. How can we move forward when we have deep doubts about the game, the rules, and not least the players?

Lloyd Bowers

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