Barbarossastrasse is located in the Kaßberg district of Chemnitz. The area of the former Katzberg was developed and built upon during the industrialization and is considered one of the largest Wilhelminian and Art Nouveau quarters in Germany. Barbarossastrasse bears the name of the Roman-German Emperor Friedrich I, Barbarossa (1122-1190).
This street front Weststraße (left) and Rudolf-Breitscheidstraße (right) is dominated by the so-called Majolika Houses (1897/98) in Barbarossastraße 48-52. The three apartment buildings were given a center-emphasized, symmetrical, joint display facade with high-quality majolica reliefs and structuring elements in harmonious colors. To the left and right there are other remarkable Gründerzeit buildings with elements of the Neo-Renaissance or Art Nouveau.