The former SED district school "Ernst Thälmann", then called the "Red Monastery", was developed by a collective of architects from the former housing combine. The architects Heinz Gebauer, Walter Schönfelder, Erich Neumann and Gottfried Mempel designed the school complex with boarding school. Hannelore Henze was responsible for the design of the open space.
The four-winged, self-contained complex was built between 1969 and 1972 and, with its monolithic structures, is a typical example of GDR architecture from the 1970s, even though this arrangement was not often realised in the former GDR. Similar combinations were built in Schleusingen and Rostock.