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Blue and White Houses

These former residences on Rheinsprung were purchased by the municipality of Basel­City in 1942 and 1968 and today are used by the Department of Commerce, Social Affairs and the Environment.

The Blue and White Houses, also known as Wendelstörferhof and Reichensteinerhof, were built between 1763 and 1775 by architect Samuel Werenfels as residential and business houses for silk ribbon manufacturers Lukas and Jakob Sarasin. One noticeable peculiarity immediately obvious to passers-by is the lead masks above the windows of the ground floor, which are meant to represent the four seasons.

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