Two preservationists - the one responsible for our town and one of the superior authority - inspected our house thoroughly (and I, of course, had been cleaning and tidying like a madwoman the night before...). And in the end they decided that the house is "worth" being officially protected and listed, not only for being a part of the old town but also for itself and its inside.
Two main aspects were crucial: On one hand there are several well preserved old parts in the house (doors and doorframes, the attic, the cellar) and on the other hand our house represents a typical example of how this kind of houses were usually renovated in the late 19th/early 20th century.
This is an extract of the mail we got, of course they'll send us an official notification later on, but this is enough for the moment:
That's what it says:
In addition to the urbanistic significance of the building (built around 1600 and renovated around 1910 in half-timbered fashion), the following findings lead to the classification of the building as an architectural monument:
- Numerous interior doors of the 17th and 18th century.
- Mighty cellar with groined vault underneath the northern axis of the building.
- Complete truss of the construction period.
- Assumption that the mighty northern house end represents parts of the first city wall before the town's burst of development.
Especially that last bit of information is sooooo exciting. I really have to take some time off to dig in the local archives.
Anyway, we are really happy and the fact that the house is now officially an architectural monument motivates us even more to go on with all of our projects!
Here are some pics of the details mentioned above:
Possible city wall:
Some of the doors and door frames: