The richly decorated late Gothic gabled house, built in 1470 by order of the mayor Berthold Kerkhoff for a wealthy patrician family, has housed the city archives and the registry office since 1907.
The late Gothic Kerkoffhaus, built around 1470 and remodeled in the Renaissance taste at the beginning of the 16th century, deserves respect. It is one of the most beautiful Rostock town houses and richly decorated with terracottas and glazed stones in the style of the early Renaissance.
Berthold Kerkhoff was a former mayor of Rostock and belonged to a wealthy patrician family.
Since 1907, the Kerkhoffhaus has housed the city archives and the registry office.