August 04, 2007

Yes, we are a monument!

It is official now: Our house is a protected architectural monument! Thanks everyone for keeping your fingers crossed!

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:
The cellar:

Possible city wall:

Some of the doors and door frames:


Josh @ Bungalow '23 said...

What an honor to get the historical designation for the house-- and what amazing details! I find the cellar and the door hinge pictures particularly appealing. I assume there will be a follow-up on whether the house truly includes the old city wall.

Them Country Folk: said...

Congratulations! That basement is fabulous, I've never seen anything like it.

Anna said...

Thanks Josh and Stacey! We are still very excited about that mail and feel confirmed in our approach towards the house and the renovation. Feels really good :)

Kristen said...

Congratulations, Anna! That's really wonderful news.

Paul said...

Thanks for the scanned document and translation! I got most of it, but that last bullet point was not clear to me. I thought it was saying the house was next to the original city wall. Actually being a part of the wall is so much cooler!


The Muehli's said...

Congratulations Anna! That's great news.

Really fascinating to see some of the bits that are now protected because they mirror many things in our own home! Our cellar looks almost exactly like yours, we have molding like that over one of the bedroom doors upstairs and several hinges & door handles like that as well...I've started to wonder how old the hinges and handles might be but now I guess that just shows they must be quite old indeed :)

Anna said...

Kristen, Lenise, Tiffany - thanks so much for all of your good wishes!

Lenise - your German must be brilliant if you understood most of that mail. It's written in "officialese" which must be difficult to understand. Congratulations!

Tiffany - when I saw that molding over at your place I was wondering whether your house really dates from 1834? ;)

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

I love the hinge - I'm going to have to make (or have made) something similar for my future house.