Reconstuction of a traditional house and its functional modification into a ""Town House"" Museum in Leskovac
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Bora Dimitijevic Piksla's traditional house in Leskovac, Serbia, is a rare represenatative example of traditional urban architecture of the 19th century in Serbia. For its architecural and constructional value as well as for the traditional building materials used the house was labelled a monument of exceptional cultural value by the state authorities. Located in the very centre of town, the house nowadays functions as an independent building with a permanent exhibition and operates as a constituent part of the National Museum. The methods applied during the reconstruction are presented in this paper which provides a detailed insight into two different restoration procedures of both exterior construction details and interior architectural characteristic elements. From a museological aspect, the interior of the house reflects the typical interior of a 19th century town house and contains origina. household items, which is a true representation of the period's life-style. This house is o...ne of Leskovac's landmarks. It is a cultural and historical "must see". The aim of this paper is to try to provide an educational insight into application and implementation of various expert knowledge and experience for the purpose of reconstuction and functional modification of traditional residential spaces into exhibitional venues. Additional attention was paid to the maintenanace and preservation methods and procedures.