oldest timber building of Central Europe, built in 1176, the Nideröst house in
on the spot:
Schwyz: Care of monuments vs. moving the Nideröst house.
The oldest timber building of Central Europe, the Nideröst house in Schwyz, must be restored on the spot. This is the conclusion the Swiss federal commission came to with the Care of Monuments (EKD) in its evaluation.
The owner wants to tear down the over 800 year old,
protected house. There
is a lot of rot and decay of the structure, he argues.
Swiss preservation of regional tradition (SHS), pro Patria and
the EKD disagree. The house
can be reconditioned without excessive expenditure.
The decision rested with the Swiss
Disputed proposal for compromise
On Monday, a proposal for compromise failed,
because of resistance from conservationists.
government's idea was to move the building with financial support of
SHS and Pro-Patria. A scientific
investigation revealed that in the 17th century, the house had already
been moved. Yesterday, the SHS and Pro-Patria voiced their no to this
suggestion. A move of the
house would damage it, the historical certification committee writes.
location would not be historically accurate.
The two organizations based their opinion solely on the study by
the EKD. They warn not to
divide the building. Individual
beams, as well as the whole structure would be seriously damaged.
All the restoration on this medieval house of national and historical
importance must be done in place, writes the EKD.