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Photographer's Note

Hilchenbach is a small town and climatic spa here in southern Westphalia. A few days ago I showed you it's picturesque market place with several handsome half-timbered houses.

Here you can see one of them which today houses a restaurant with a wonderful beer garden in summer. This kind of houses is very common here and it's typical that they have black painted beams, whereas not far away in the federal state Hessen these beams mostly are painted red or auburn. Between the beams there's a netting out of willow branches or straw which is plastered with a mix of chopped straw and loam. It's painted over with a lime slurry.

Many of these old houses have so called Hausnamen (house-names), often the one of their first owner or the one of his profession. Still today in the villages they are used for the today dwellers. For example Peter Müller today lives in the house called Schmidt's (smith's = the house where in former times the smith lived)and therefore he's called in the village "Schmidt's Peter". The house shown in my picture in former times was the estate of the family Pampes and it is still called "Pampeses"

Near my city there's another small town, Freudenberg, and it's old town still today is composed completely out of half-timbered houses.

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  • Copyright: Frank Kaiser (Buin) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2007-02-17
  • Categories: Architettura
  • Esposizione: f/2.8, 1/640 secondi
  • Details: Tripod: Yes
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  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2007-02-25 2:23
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