6.4a–b (pp. 27, 46, 46nn71–72): Schloss Schönhausen,
Niederschönhausen, ground and 2nd floors, ca. 1824, by anonymous. Queen
Elisabeth Christine's summer apartments (ground floor, rooms
1–3 and 14–20). Bedroom of Wilhelmine
of Hesse-Kassel ("Princess Heinrich") (2nd floor, room 32). Distribution of
rooms based on the palace inventory of 1795.
1, ground floor (garden side, lower center): Gartensaal (garden salon), used
for the Queen's grand court concerts in summer from ca. 1740 to 1763. This
large salon, preceded by an Audienzzimmer (room 3) and a Vorkammer (room 2),
like the large concert hall in the Berlin Stadtschloss, was contained within
her apartments (see the floor plan 6.3, room 844).
21, 2nd floor (garden side, lower center): Festsaal / Saal (festival salon / salon),
for summer concerts after 1763
the ceiling of the Gartensaal extended through both stories. In 1763, following
the pillaging of the palace during the Seven Years' War, the architect Johann Michael Boumann Sr. (1706–76) was engaged to renovate
and expand the size of the palace.
At this time, the large open space over the Gartensaal was sealed off to create
a second, splendid Festsaal / Saal (festival salon, room 21). From this point
forward, the upper salon—whose decorative, rococo motifs included musical
instruments—became the new summer location of the queen's grand court concerts
(grosse Hofkonzerte) at Schloss Schönhausen,
in which Emanuel Bach, as a member of the royal court orchestra, performed.
After 1763, the ceiling height of room 1 was 4.6 meters and room 21 was 3.8
meters; the other dimensions were identical: 13.5 meters long by 7 meters wide
(see p. 46n72). See 6.5 for the earlier
profile of the palace.