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Consol coal mine

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Consol - full name Zeche Consolidation - belonged to the largest coal mines in the Ruhr area. The shafts were spread throughout Gelsenkirchen.

Headframe IX

In Bismarck, a suburb of Gelsenkirchen, the double steel headframe IX was erected in 1922.

A final expansion followed after the Second World War: the concrete headframe IV was built. However, the coal mine has been closed since 1993, and parts of the installations have been demolished.

Light installation and theater

Some of the mine buildings were given a new purpose. The ventilation building at the foot of the concrete headframe IV was converted into a theater, while the Consol Park was constructed on the former factory site.

The 53-meter-high headframe IX is today part of the Route der Industriekultur and is a protected monument. The tower is bathed in light at night thanks to the light installation 'Consol Gelb' by G√ľnter Dorh.

Demolition of the shaft-top building

However, a new purpose was never found for the shaft-top building that stands between the legs of the steel headframe. The building gradually began to crumble. Demolition of the shaft-top building started in the summer of 2022. The headframe itself and both winding engine buildings will be preserved.

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