Once upon a time, the merchant Henry B. Sloman emigrated to Chile with no money to his name. When he returned to his native city of Hamburg at the age of 60, now a rich man, he had the Chilehaus built by the architect Fritz Höger, who later also helped construct the Sprinkenhof. The building has an area of more than 64,000 sq. ft. and its powerful, patterned brick façade is impressive. The characteristic eastern peak is now and always has been a beloved photo motif.