Visualizing places of origin can bring genetic stories to life. I like to follow the mysteries of the family tree and see what the facts reveal. This leads me to read a lot about the histories of the towns of origin.
This journey has led to my earliest roots in Allendorf/Lahn. Tom Euler, Allendorf’s resident historian and mayor, has assisted me in research for illustrating buildings that have survived for over 300 years. I created a series of images that express how they successfully blend the new while preserving the old.
Most architecture that is well-studied tends to be grandiose. Yet, it is the modest that more tells the story of history’s impact.
As two ancient lanes cross by a large linden tree, the tiny village grew. Today, vintage houses line these same streets. The distinction and charm of their blend inspires.
Please see “Finding Foundations” and
“Historic Hessen Houses.”
About Obergasse 1:
The old “bakery” that I illustrated is in the center of the ancient town. Tom Euler sent me pages from a book published on Allendorf’s buildings about forty years ago. From it, I learned the history of many structures, including this one that I chose due to its location and its charm. Quoting from a translation, Tom’s book, Stadtteil Allendorf Gesamtanlage Dorfkern, states:
“A predecessor of the present bakery was already in place before 1700. In 1727 it was thoroughly renovated, parts of the old building being demolished. As there was no other place in the village, one of the ovens of the bakery and probably the old guardhouse was broken off. In 1816, the squatter house was built on the vacated site. Equipped with a storage floor for fruits, it also served as a local prison. The building, which was combined with the bakery under one roof, received in 1855 a hose drying tower. The storage area above the actual baking house also served traditionally as accommodation for travelers. Curiously bought the municipality 1847 a militarily landmark from the ‘prince. Hess government’ and set it up as a deflector at the corner of the building. The long-stretched, saddle-roofed building, whose half-timbered facade is visible on the north side, has recently been renovated. Together with the now renovated Dorflinde, it marks the center of the village. The historically grown, multifunctional building has a high memorial and identification value for the Allendorf population. It is a cultural monument from the point of view of [architectural] history, social history and science.”
—always inspired, Liane
Liane Sebastian wears an artist’s hat, designer’s coat, and editor’s shoes.