Tucked in behind the main streets in our neighbourhood are a few rows of old houses. I don't know when they were built, but I imagine that when they were new they must have looked well. Now they look terrible. When I first saw them I thought they were derelict, until I noticed the obvious signs of occupation like the washing hanging in the windows.
In an ideal world, houses like these would be sympathetically modernised and preserved. Or a good architect would design replacements that were in keeping with the style of the originals. But it's probably only a matter of time before they are demolished and replaced with another concrete apartment block.
Now they are so hard to find. Thanks for sharing that picture.
liked the shot by the way...
As I see it, either way there is no hope it will remain or mainteined... it's a pitty because it really reminds me of 'the not-so-old Tirana'.
OMIT, thanks for the picture!
Most older ("traditional") Albanian homes, were destroyed during communism and replaced with these monsters. I hope a few will survive the high-rise era.
This has happened everywhere. In Lushnja, there is only one preserved traditional home; The House of Lushnje. Until I looked into the history of the place I did not even realize that there were other buildings in town before that communist crap littered the area. Even though my great-grandparents lived in one. very sad!
Let's not even get into all the churches and mosques that were destroyed.
So yeah, although concrete buildings might not be ideal, they sure beat old communist architecture.
I was just curious where about is this house? Roughly! I don't seem to remeber it and it annoys me when bits and parts of my old home towne escape my memory.
Thanks a lot for the pictures and your commentary.
Definitely 50's to early 60's. By mid-60's the commies abandoned the tiled roofs (tjegulla) and switched to flat "tarraca-s" covered in "katrama"
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