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The place of the wise sayings and strange images

It was a fleeting glance out of the postal car. And subsequent Irritation: Was there a my-timbered house with modern drawings? A Scorpio and an Aries remained in the after-image of hanging. A moment later, a next impression wiped this way: This Time, the almost Baroque splendor of a farmhouse impressed. Colored geometric and floral patterns, in the upper area of sayings in calligraphy, in a drive-by, of course, is not readable. Then the mail car was already back by free-field on-the-go, Wermatswil leaving behind.

We returned: Wermatswil external controls of the type with a life of its own. And with many Neuzuzügern, such as the modern residential district of ancestors. You are probably in the tendency of the well-to-do. The magnificent "ball mountain" we are encountered now in the literature, because it was once actually widely known as the "Guyerhaus" or "chocolate coins house". It was built in 1740 by Jakob Guyer, and is referred to today is mistakenly as the birthplace of the sample farmers Kleinjogg, the name was real name is also Jacob Guyer and 1718 in Wermatswil was born. The impressive paintings and sayings on the façade were placed according to the inscription, in 1753, and in 1949, thanks to a Chocolate coin-the action of protecting the homeland saved.

two peculiar trumpet angels framed, we read there, for example: "for Us, people zguet done is the house / We Wil strive thuon time / God guide and control us and give the ewgi zletzt life!" This house is in the back alley, and you can see it hardly get enough.

Previously it was a Restaurant

At the front of the alley 14, we find the other half-timbered building, we noticed the drive-through first. There they are, in fact, a Scorpio and an Aries, but also Virgo, Libra and cancer. All twelve signs of the zodiac are to be found in the bars formed by the fields. And also the Information: "built in 1790 to 1910 – economy Rosenburg". The Band type of the monuments of art, which loses only a few words about the Rosenburg in Wermatswil. He announced in addition to the year of the Builder, the carpenter, Hans Jacob Furer. To note from the period are especially the walnut doors.

The current residents respond to our questions rather reserved. Yes, it was probably once been a Restaurant Rosenburg. I've seen people be walked over, told that their parents would have celebrated in the hall of your wedding. Proverbs have not had it on the facade of earlier, images. We read, for example: "Should us the Old / so it is guot is / however, New work on the old basic, every hour." And no, the house standing under monument protection, you have been able to successfully prevent it. In fact, it would have become comfortable with the paint, otherwise difficult.

Ueli Naefs: The modern drawings on the bolt house. Image: Doris Fanconi,

At a house on the corner of the year in 2002 and the Name Ueli are noted Naef. This Ueli Naef, a resident, told was a Ustermer wall and sign painter and was once sitting at a gathering next to you. He was told that he was looking for a house that he could paint. He got an idea and need at least twelve fields. "Why not us?" you thought. These decorative figures of the star circle, so peculiar well to the old farm house was born. They insert themselves seamlessly into the picture.

Ueli Naef operating in Uster, a Studio, and had apparently refreshed in the Oberland are many old sayings in the rafters of houses, and facades labeled. Some even painted. Of his Hand, for example, the sundial at the old gym of the Ustermer school house dates back to street Free.

As he created the signs of the zodiac at the Rosenburg, he was already 89 years old. He died in January 2010, and most of his works are gone now: the One in the pedestrian underpass at the train station of Uster was überplättelt, the harlequin painted on the facade of the stadthof hall. But, as he once wrote himself to the wall of the Rosenburg in Wermatswil? "Truly, everything in nature is impermanent – but behind the Transitory – rests Eternal."

The weekly column "building zone" is dedicated to the many unusual, exciting, ugly, or somehow slanted houses that are everywhere in the Canton of Zurich. All of the about a hundred previously published articles, you will find a construction zone


Created: 23.04.2019, 11:57 am

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