Philipp Melanchthon, the professor and Protestant reformer, purchased a house in Wittenberg’s Collegienstraße in 1520, shortly after his wedding. Over the years, the building fell into disrepair.
The Elector donates a new roof
In order to keep Melanchthon at the university, John Frederick, Elector of Saxony, gave Melanchthon a new house. It was built in 1536, is three storeys high, and is among the most beautiful of Wittenberg’s remaining Renaissance houses.
The new house offered space for his family and the opportunity to take on students as paying guests. The students' coats of arms – to be seen on the walls of the second storey – were created at that time.