This is a typical secondary school building in Vienna. It’s the BRG XVI (short name for 16th district's Bundesrealgymnasium). The school was erected around 1906, when Austria was still a monarchy and eight years before WWI break loose, which was caused by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne). Most school buildings of this period are very similar. Rooms with heigh ceilings and with windows on the left side, to enhance the light to the right hand of the pupils. - There was no way to stay a left handed person! Pupils were forced to use their right hand to write until the 1970s. - In the last two decades a lot of the old school buildings have been renovated. During the renovation the pupils had to drive to another, even larger building in the inner city. When I visited the huge replacement building for the first time, I said to Roland: "Every second pupil will wet its pants, because they won't find the toilets in time!" Sadly, I have forgotten to ask him if my prophecy became true during the two years in "exile". I think, the architects have done a good job in this building.
Roland is a teacher at BRG XVI. When our daughter was a little child, Victoria and I walked in the afternoon to the school to visit and pick up her Daddy. We stopped our visits, when Victoria was maybe four years old, because she started to visit the kindergarten. Now I'm doing it again. Since November Felix and I walk every Friday at noon to the school to pick up Roland. This new/old habit will come to an end in July, when Roland will retire.
Yesterday it was warm and sunny and Felix was sitting on his favorite spot to watch the entrance of the school. He is very watchful and it seems he wants to spot Roland even before he will open the door. I couldn't resist to take some pictures. Time is almost up and I never photographed the school before!
Btw. afterwards both of them have to wait for me in front of the super market until I have done the grocery shopping. I photographed them from inside of the shop, they didn't see me.