The centuries-old history of both farms recounts the discord between two brothers, who had separated a formerly connected farm and adjoining lands—they mutually inherited as siblings—into two parts. According to the story, they never spoke again thereafter. Today, a creek, which they chose as a natural border, separates both farms geographically. The entire region that once belonged to the manorial of the Berchtesgaden Monastery was famous for its silver and copper mines, and therethrough massively prospered between the 15th and 18th century economically. Yet, it was not only mining that has formed the local spirit and mentality, culture and architecture, but so did the rugged mountain landscape, the rough climate, and the simple life. Thus, Kitzbühel’s immediate hinterland has been most crucially shaped by the unique mindset of the persistent and humble mountain farmer and his rugged pasture. An important historico-cultural aspect the EUROPEAN HERITAGE PROJECT consciously intended to envision and protect by acquiring and ardently renovating these historically connected farmsteads, in accordance with traditional building techniques.
The Tyrolean mentality is by nature, a rather cautious one. Thus, change does not come easily or without a pinch of skepticism. By ardently saving and conversing these two desolate heritage buildings, the EUROPEAN HERITAGE PROJECT did not just intend to preserve lifeless buildings or the bygones of history, but to protect cultural values, origin and tradition. This sincere preservation, was meant to enable to continue shaping present and future, by memorializing the Tyrolese and his country, cherishing his down-toearthness; hence, bringing back a sense of deep rootedness and place.