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House of Pashko Vasa

Shtëpia e Pashko Vasës

House of Pashko Vasa

The house lies on a large plot of land. It preserves a good condition of the surrounding walls, which include two yards separated by a low wall. The yard on the right is relatively large and served for the cultivation of vegetables and fruits while the yard in front of the house contains the usual fixtures of the Shkodran house such as the well, a wash-tube, and logs. The only gate that serves as the entrance to the house is with two panel-doors, made of wood and made of bandages and crafted nails. The gate is completed by a double-drainage roof with a wide shelter supported on the two side walls.

Shtëpia e Pashko Vasës

Its layout-plan has three parts interconnected between them through the ‘çardak’ as a space-element. All three parts are two-storey high, with the same surface area. On the ground floor there is an auxiliary space and on the first floor the living space. The ground floor has a porch, also known as ‘hajat’ that connects with the second space. The space on the back serves as an ‘ahur’ that is paved with cobblestones and illuminated by two small windows.

Shtëpia e Pashko Vasës

The first-floor volume is divided into four spaces: the cooking area, the dormitory room, a provisional area where the bathroom and the interconnecting spaces, is located. All of these facilities are simply decorated, with a wooden ceiling and a three-panel window, for lighting. The adjacent area is treated with a very rich interior. The main place is occupied by a very decorative ceiling with a triangular field. The room is illuminated by three windows. The interior of the room is complemented by the chiseled closet, on the ‘musander’ facade.

The ground floor of the house is all made of stone-construction wall. Meanwhile, in the upper floors, there is also wooden construction used and brick walls. The doors are all made out of wood with one panel, simply treated or some more detailed. The roof is made in a traditional technique and continues to further the perimeter of the house in the shape of shelter.

Shtëpia e Pashko Vasës

It should be noted that the condition of the basic house elements, appeared quite damaged. Unnecessary additions, that did not carry any architectural value, were removed. The central part was changed, during restoration works, it turned into an open ‘çardak’. The ‘çardak’ space close to the ‘guest room’ was specifically treated adding a traditional chimney. Some other changes include: the window and door’s wooden structure was reconstructed on the left side of the exit to the ‘çardak’ area.

Shtëpia e Pashko Vasës

Also, the Chimney, wall shelves and ‘kamerie’ space on one of the doors were rebuilt. There was a restoration of the ceiling and the upper part of the ‘trapazan’ (typical space created on the upper part of the musander. The ceiling part of the ‘firehouse'( the main living room) was rebuilt. For the missing part of the right side of the ‘trapazan’, the historical footprint was used as a reference to re-create it.

After the restoration, space re-gained architectural value again. The ground floor was also included in the restoration where the porch (hajat), was completely cleaned and the windows and doors of the ‘ahur'(space for animals), were reconstructed. The floor of the house offers the possibility of a complete reconstruction. Other work was also done on the territory around the house as well as the complete rebuilding of the cobblestones of the ‘hajat’ area (groundfloor porch), the well, the fillings on the wall and the entrance gate.

Currently, Pashko Vasa’s nephew’s wife lives in it and takes care of the house. The last reconstruction was done two years ago, while the first reconstruction was carried out in the 77 ‘with the opening of the’ çardak ‘. He used to have a large family and one of the wealthiest in Shkodra, with 3 brothers and 6 sisters. The furniture placed inside the house is actually the original.

Source: thealbanian.house

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