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Great macjake 2019-02-11 23:40

Hi Elvira
these halftimbered homes...i wonder about them. Are the maintained like this just for tourists? did they REALLY look like this many many many decades ago when they were constructed? it almost doesn't look real. I often wonder about that when I see these old towns, in any country with timber homes. For sure its now a safe family oriented tourist hot spot, nothing wrong with that. I chose this photo bc I like how the frame is almost entirely full of colorful homes. cheers

Old 02-12-2019, 08:17 AM
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Default To macjake: coloful houses

Hello Craig,
thanks for writing!
You are completly right, the houses didn't look so colorful when they were built, modern paint is needed and not only chalk and adobe. In ancient times the wooden construction was protected against weathering only with soot or red iron oxide. After that, around the 17th century, cementitious mortar was used and the wood was hidden. This mortar could be colored, but pigments were expensive, and you could recognize the houses of wealthy people by their pastel colors. In the last decades the fashion is to let the wooden construction visible. My two travel companions for the visit in Alsace knew the buildings in the fifties and sixties, and they told me, everything was grey and looked rather poor.I hope the answer is detailed enough, I do not know better!
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