Model of a farmhouse in Stafflach am Brenner, around 1910

 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Everyday Life
Structural Engineering
1910 - 1919
At the moment this object is not published in the museum.

The model of the Tyrolean farmhouse in Stafflach am Brenner was initially on exhibit at the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) under the title of "Cultural Heritage and Construction Advice" after the museum first opened.

A description states that the building was constructed in 1696 and served as a tavern. There is also a reference to two other buildings constructed by master carpenter Martin Kern, which were unfortunately destroyed in a fire in 1906. The opulent paintings in combination with the beautiful "wooden architecture", characteristic for the old "Wipptal" houses, is given a special mention.

The model reflects the state of the building in around 1900. Master carpenter Rudolf Kornik from Innsbruck created the model in around 1910 on the basis of photographs. In 1913, it was bought by the "Verband Österreichischer Heimatschutzvereine" (Association of Austrian Cultural Heritage Protection Societies) along with four other models of Tyrolean farmhouses by the same manufacturer. The association was later approached by the chief government building officer Ludwig Erhard, who requested items on loan for the "Cultural Heritage and Construction Advice" opening exhibition of the museum. On top of the list of objects requested was "typical farmhouses of the Austrian Empire".

"Cultural Heritage and Construction Advice" was part of an exhibition covering the entire construction segment. The architect Prof. Othmar Leixner and the historian Dr. Karl Giannoni were appointed as specialist consultants for the exhibition. The latter was a dedicated representative of the then recently founded cultural heritage movement and the secretary of the Association of Austrian Cultural Heritage Protection Societies. The exhibition presented examples of "exemplary" and "bad" buildings as well as examples of traditional construction techniques and disruptive elements. Similar to a construction consultancy, its objective was to offer advice to visitors about the proper way to build and settle.

In 1996, this exhibition was brought back to life one more time in the Museum of Ethnology under the title of "Beautiful Austria".

Inv.Nr. 13186

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