The Paul-Gustavus-Haus is a cultural heritage building within the inner city of Altenburg. Built 1905 as a factory for coffee-substitutes, it constitutes one of the few examples for the combination of living and working in the former residence town in the turn of the century. In 2009, a nonprofit association was founded with a clear mission: to preserve and gradually restore the long disused building, and to revitalize it by various cultural events. 2017, almost sixty members are voluntarily involved. The aim of the Förderverein Zukunftswerkstatt Paul-Gustavus-Haus e.V. as a vibrant social-cultural district center is: to stimulate the urban area marked by high rates of vacancy and underutilized buildings and estates, furthermore, to demonstrate alternative uses of worth preserving buildings in a central downtown location. The main focus in particular is the exchanges between generations and cultures, social integration projects, along with concerts, art and theater performances.