The building used to be the Central Bank of the German Reich between 1914 and 1918 and it is protected for its cultural and historical significance.
This building is in the inner city of Hamburg on one of the historic streets of the city called Alter Wall. During the great fire of 1842, the buildings on Alter Wall were mostly destroyed, including the building of Reichsbank. The current building was built between 1880 and the first world war.
You can find two statues at the entrance. The first one is Mercure, he was meant to represent the economic power of the empire, the second one is a knight with a sword, he was meant to represent the force of the empire.
At the entrance on the two sides of the archway you can find reliefs of the twelve zodiac signs. There are also five figures on the building: a fisherman, a blacksmith, a merchant, a farmer and a sailor.