Restoration of plaster starts in September
The big news this month is that final preparations are underway for work to begin on the Skenduli House! Thanks to your support, restoration and repair of this Category 1 UNESCO monument begins September 1. With on-site leadership of our partner, Cultural Heritage without Borders, scaffolding is going up and supplies are being delivered to the site.
Earlier this summer Nesip Skenduli gave an interview to Balkan News. He voiced his fear that the large stone structure was threatening to become a ruin. He described how the interior of the house, with its extraordinary architecture, exhibits the best local craftsmanship in stone and wood work, allowing Gjirokastra’s history to speak.
Now, only a few months after this interview, it looks as though his fears will be lessened. A team of twenty Albanian architecture students will take on several projects. One group will begin repair of the exterior lime plaster. This repair is vital because large pieces of the plaster finish coat have fallen from the wall allowing rain water into the interior.
A second group will restore the main entrance gate which has partially collapsed. While the students complete their work under the guidance of trained craftsmen, conservation specialists will be working with local roofing experts to repair leaks in the massive stone roof.
This provides a huge boost to Gjirokastra’s efforts to develop a sustainable economy through heritage tourism. With your continuing support, we and our partners will keep working on the Skenduli house, one step at a time, until the threat of ruin no longer exists.
Look for our next report to see photos of work in progress and your donations in action!
Collapsing entry soon to be repaired
Enthusiasm of volunteer heartens Mr. Skenduli