Black Forest Hall
Discussion on substituting the festival tent erected in 1975 already started in 1985.
The building of a constant solid festival hall failed, however, because the question of waste water management was still unsolved.
Another try was started in 1989 after the different associations and clubs of St. Märgen had called for an offer for prefab festival halls (Wolf system) and after the first consruction plans had been made.
But also these efforts failed because of financial problems and difficulties to meet the demands of the water engineering office regarding waste water management.
Meanwhile, the still existing old tent was in a very bad repair and looked really shabby. So another attempt was made to substitute it by a solid construction in 1993.
On November 26th 1993 Mr. Waldvogel, mayor of St. Märgen at this time, invited the associations' and clubs' committees to a special meeting; topic: substitution of the tent. All the 20 participating committees agreed on a solid hall construction and a common financing concept.
Especially the proceeds from the horse festival should be used for the hall. An offer submitted by the company ”Wolf System — Hall and Steel Construction” for a 25 x 15 m hall at a price of about € 316 000 DM (ca. 155 000 €) as well as an offer for a 15 x 25 m tent with PVC tarpaulin at a price of about 90 000 DM (~ 45 000 euro) was discussed. An association committee was founded in order to investigate the different offers. To get informed, this committee looked around and visited various objects.
In order to strengthen the focus on wood, a construction of this building-material instead of steel was examined.
In January 1994, the committee visited a tool and appliances' hall made of planed wood in Utzenfeld-Aitern. A first outline followed for a hall of that kind together with an estimate of about 292 000 DM (ca. 146 000 €).
The association committee suggested to employ the structural engineer Schmitt from St. Märgen to elaborate outlines and estimates for a wooden hall. According to Schmitt's calculations, a hall of a size of 472 square meter could be realized at a prize of about 260 000 DM (ca. 130 000 €).
In June 1994, all the clubs and associations of St. Märgen met again to discuss the financial situation.
They all agreed on engineer Schmitt's outline and on using the proceeds of the horse festival for the new hall. 12 associations consented to participate in the new hall working unpaid. A total of 4 300 hours of honorary work was promised.
On the association's meeting in September 27th 1994, an outline of a construction request was presented. The district councillors agreed on it.
Structural engineer Mr. Schmitt from St. Märgen and architect Knöple from Rötenbach elaborated the necessary papers. The next step was to apply for a financial grant from the ELR-programme 1995 as well as for an enlargement of the hall planned to be built in a part of the forest near the sports field.
After the building permission had been given in July 1995 and a financial surplus from the ELR-programme amounting to
168 000 DM (ca. 84 000 €) had been granted, an organization outline for building planning and supervision could be made on September 26th 1995.
There was a foreman for each of the different works.
- a) excavation work, preparation of the building site, canalization: Helmut Faller
- b) brickwork: Edgar Hog (master builder)
- c) carpentry, tiling, roof isolation, wall isolation: Helmut Schlegel (master carpenter)
- d) roofing: Thomas Waldvogel
- e) joinery: Ernst-A. Mark, master joiner
- f) providing of timber: Hansjörg Löffler
as well as Eugen Knöpfle and Paul Schmitt, responsible for construction planning and supervision. Another advisory and decision committee was a group consisting of the municipal councillors Anton Dold, Gerhard Dold, Klaus Simon, Hanspeter Pfaff and mayor Mr. Waldvogel.
Within a short period of time, the necessary timber was cut by volunteers in the St. Märgen forest stand.
The chief of the forest management St. Märgen-East, Martin Schwenninger, organized and supervised the timber cutting. 15 St. Märgen forest owners participated in a timber donation.
Discussion started among the members of the construction committee to build the hall with a cellar - advisable because of the strongly sloping terrain towards the west.
The municipal councillors met again and agreed on the building of a cellar and the necessary extra costs.
The cellar should be used as a storage room for municipal appliances, stored so far in the eqipment shed of the fire brigade.
According to the offer submitted by master builder Hog, the hall cellar would cost around 81 000 DM (ca. 40 500 €).
In winter, the timber provided by the village of St. Märgen and private forest owners was picked up by the company Gerhard and Manfred Dold and was taken to the sawmill for subsequent treatment.
The concrete works were nearly finished before wintertime in 1995, so that at the beginning of May 1996 the St. Märgen associations could start the construction works.
After the roof had been set up, a treat was given to the builders.
The completion of the hall was officially celebrated on the Open Day on October 5th and 6th 1996. These two days also served for securing the financing of the hall.
The St. Märgen associations and clubs
- Betzitglunki St. Märgen (Carnival club)
- DRK-Ortsverein (German Red Cross)
- Feuerwehr St. Märgen (Fire Brigade)
- Laienspielgruppe (amateur theatre group)
- Männergesangverein (men's choir)
- Reit- und Fahrverein (horse riding club)
- Schwarzwaldverein (Black Forest hikers)
- Trachtenkapelle St. Märgen (regional band St. Märgen)
- Trachtentanzgruppe (traditional dancers)
had worked around 4 600 hours unpaid.
Beside the financial gifts of the clubs, lots of donations were granted by business owners and inhabitants of St. Märgen.
In 1999, the hall was equipped with an underfloor heating and a tiled floor.
The total costs amounted to 800 000 DM (ca. 400 000 €), underfloor heating and seating included.