Manor reconstruction

 

A perfect place to live and work

The dwelling house was repaired in 1970. However, the building was unattended and abandoned over the past few decades. After the reconstruction, an office of the Ilzenberg Manor farm, a bakery, a dairy were equipped herein, a farm manager and several employees are living here, too.

Park and Manor - inseparable twins of Lithuanian culture

The palace of the manor was surrounded by a large park with a variety of trees: tall maples, oaks, pines and linden trees grew side by side with shorter shrubs – hazel, jasmine, white and yellow acacia. Grasslands and moss barely run wild in the park, as just occasionally enlightened by the sun's rays through the tall trees.
Throughout my long life, I see a beautiful dream: I am going down the Ilzenberg Manor’s track, I see the Ilgis Lake downhill, and the sun playing with its wavelets. A willow hanging over the water is still green: it is still fed by its roots – this feeble warrior is grown into the lakeshore firmly enough.”

Aldona Radeckienė (Trečiokaitė) "Memories of Ilzenberg Manor"

Though the Ilzenberg Manor was founded in 1515, the manor park – only in mid-18th century, when the German noble family of Orgies gen. Rutenberg became the manor’s new landlords. 19th century. In the mid-19th century, the new landlord of the manor N.N.Fuchs broadened the park, and E.Dymsza, who bought the Ilzenberg Manor in 1896, further nursed and nurtured it.

In Soviet times, the park was poorly looked after. Trimming of the park, which had been unattended for decades, was a major challenge.

It was decided that the former spatial structure of the park had to be preserved in all cases, by maximally highlighting good qualities of the park – old, mighty separate trees and groups of them.

The new landlords of the manor have decided that the spacious structure of the park must be occupied by local trees and shrubs, with exotic plants serving as emphasis for catching a visitor's attention and nicely interweaving with the general background of the park.

Best witnesses of history

The park stairs have seen lots of people and lots of generations. Over the past decades, they felt alone and no longer stable. Once the park revived, the stairs revived, too – now they are much stronger and wider.

 

Craftsmen of the Gediminas Tower rescued stables

The first challenge was the restoration of stables, with so fragile walls, that it was dreadful even to touch them. Some walls were preserved by reinforcing foundations and “binding” stones, others needed to disassembled and re-bricked.

As soon as the works were commenced in the Ilzenberg Manor, it came to light that two craftsmen had gained experience of boulder masonry when repairing the Gediminas Tower.

The alley still reminds landlords of the interwar Manor

The old manor path leads to the palace through the barn, which served as a defensive bastion of the Manor few centuries ago. A pathway which used to hide in the depths of the woods became a nice alley.

 

A new path – into the Manor and the farm

The manor area enclosed in a durable masonry fence is welcoming guests to the main gate – the entrance to the manor, park and farm.

 

Manor’s ponds regained their original beauty

Extremely dirty work – that would be a more accurate name of the project on restoration of the old manor ponds, in the truest sense of the word. It seems like the manor ponds had never been before here – instead, there was stretching an impassable swamp, which, first and foremost, had to be drained and, only after that, pond cleaning and shaping works were to be carried out. To prevent heavy machinery from miring down and subsiding, much work was to be done in winter.

 

Barn – the Manor’s Defensive Post

Barn – a durable and well-survived building which for centuries served as a defence bastion. Its walls are full of shot holes, and next to the building’s brick walls, there were a few Swedish cannons arranged. During the interwar period, they were donated to Kaunas History Museum.

 

The old oak is breathing strength into us

The biggest oak of the Ilzenberg manor park has been announced a state-protected natural heritage. The size of its mighty trunk is 6.3 m, diameter – 2 m, and height – 30.5 m.

The oak for a long time had been hiding among other trees, however, once the trimming of the restored Manor Park started, the oak became a celebrity of the park right away.

 

Mystery Park building

Meet the smokehouse. In ancient times, there were meat products smoked. The smokehouses used to be shrouded in romanticism and mystified. Manor’s smokehouse is somewhat mystified even nowadays. For example, descriptions next to the smokehouse photographs which illustrate memoirs of Aldona Radeckienė-Trečiokaitė state that it is the tower, where serfs were beaten before.

 

The newly planted garden will bear fruit in the future

We started with nature – the park and the garden. The latter now is planted with over 300 new fruit trees: apple, plums, pears, cherries, apricots. Quite soon, we will also have berry shrubs.

 

Crafts Cottage – another building raised of nothingness

No traces remained of the manor’s farm building – as if rubbed out by a war. Now its reconstruction is coming to an end, and it will accommodate the Crafts Cottage.

 

The order is back at the Ilgis Lake too

The Ilgis Lake is crossed by the Lithuanian- Latvian state border. However, the lakeshore was a mess for many decades, so, it did not beautify our country’s border at all. Once the trimming of the Ilzenberg park started, much attention was paid to the cleaning of the lakeshore as well. Now, it is a nice place for taking a walk.

 

Bathing on the line of two states

There were no suitable places on the shore of the Ilgis Lake for swimming. Therefore, near the future camping, cleaning of the lakeshore started seeking to prepare a bathing place for both guests and locals.

 

Palace

During the period of 1863-1896, the Ilzenberg manor was managed by Fuchs. He rebuilt the manor, which remained virtually unchanged to this day.

The manor palace was constructed in the mid-19th century, with architecture in late classicism. The two-storey palace has a spatial composition – semi-open volume, L-shaped layout, which consists of the western and southern blocks with attic and basement under the southern block. The roof is double-pitch.

Volumetric components of the facade architecture: a planar portico on the southern block’s South facade, with four plastered brick pilasters, an entablature, and a triangular pediment over it. Facade pediments on all sides of the palace are framed with plastered brick profiled cornices, and in the basement – brick cylindrical and cylindrical lunette canopies. It is believed that the basement could be built by the first landlords Kerssenbrocks.

 

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