Volunteers begin repair of lime plaster wall
Restoration of the Skenduli house reached a major milestone! Thanks to your support, the first group of twenty building conservation trainees arrived on September 1. You could feel the energy and enthusiasm as they began repair of this remarkable tower house in the World Heritage city of Gjirokastra, Albania.
The trainees were architecture students from Polis University in Tirana, along with international volunteers – 10 countries were represented. Your donations provided a great opportunity for these volunteers to receive hands-on training and gain experience in working with traditional materials and techniques.
Knowledge of traditional building is the key to appropriate restoration of the Skenduli house and others like it in Gjirokastra and the creation of jobs in both the construction and tourism industries.
One group of trainees worked to repair plaster on the exterior wall, which included testing to find evidence of the original decorative painting. The second group repaired the partially collapsed entrance gate, resulting in an entryway looking as beautiful as it did in the 1800s.
This was just the first of a series of work camps for students and volunteers. Your continuing support is vital and greatly appreciated. If you’d like to experience the progress in person, join us in Gjirokastra! It’s an experience you’ll be talking about for years to come.
Trainees lay new stone roof over entry gate
Student applies varnish to historic woodwork
Volunteer records historic wall painting