The future use of Palais Epstein was at the centre of a heated public debate. After its sale to a bank had been averted at the last minute, the wish to use the palace for parliamentary purposes clashed with the desire to turn it into a “House of Tolerance”.

Finally, Palais Epstein has become a multifunctional building. In addition to meeting rooms and offices for the Parliamentary groups it accommodates the “Demokratiewerkstatt”-workshops for kids aged 8 - 14.