Palais Epstein is the only Ringstrasse palace whose original architectural features have been largely preserved.

It represents a kind of building that was primarily intended to reflect the standing of a new kind of member of Vienna’s society: The “new arrivals“ in fashionable society in the Age of Promoterism - men, often of Jewish extraction, who were economically successful in industry, trade or banking, were in many cases ennobled in recognition of their merits, and now wanted to demonstrate their entry into Vienna’s society by building sumptuous residences and business premises along Ringstrasse, Vienna’s magnificent new boulevard.

Designed by Theophil Hansen in the style of Strict Historicism, Palais Epstein exemplifies this attitude by virtue of the noble reticence of its exterior and in particular the splendour of its artistically conceived interior.