The ravages of time have also taken their toll on the historic jewel Schloss Ebreichsdorf in Austria. The roof of the so-called water castle dating from the 13th century was leaking and the penetration of water threatened to damage the building structure. Consequently the owners, the Drasche-Wartinberg Family, decided on having the 2,800 m² roof surfaces elaborately refurbished true to the original.

Project details

Project Roof refurbishment Schloss Ebreichsdorf, Austria
Client Drasche-Wartinberg'sche Gutsverwaltung, Ebreichsdorf
Roofer Reinhard GREIL GmbH, Dölsach
Roof tiles TONDACH old town package "Tasche", engobe antique
Roof area 2,800 m2
Completion 2013

Roof refurbishment Schloss Ebreichsdorf, Austria © Christa Strobl, Tondach

Roof refurbishment Schloss Ebreichsdorf, Austria © Christa Strobl, Tondach

Roof refurbishment Schloss Ebreichsdorf, Austria © Christa Strobl, Tondach

Roof refurbishment Schloss Ebreichsdorf, Austria © Christa Strobl, Tondach

Roof refurbishment Schloss Ebreichsdorf, Austria © Christa Strobl, Tondach

Roof refurbishment Schloss Ebreichsdorf, Austria © Christa Strobl, Tondach

Roof refurbishment Schloss Ebreichsdorf, Austria  © Christa Strobl, Tondach

Roof refurbishment Schloss Ebreichsdorf, Austria © Christa Strobl, Tondach

Roof refurbishment Schloss Ebreichsdorf, Austria © Christa Strobl, Tondach

Roof refurbishment Schloss Ebreichsdorf, Austria © Christa Strobl, Tondach

Roof refurbishment Schloss Ebreichsdorf, Austria © Christa Strobl, Tondach

Roof refurbishment Schloss Ebreichsdorf, Austria © Christa Strobl, Tondach

A once-in-a-century investment

The fortified castle dating from the 13th century, which was converted into a Renaissance castle and today’s Schloss Ebreichsdorf in the 16th century, was subjected to an elaborate roof refurbishment. The Drasche-Wartinberg Family took the initiative for this once-in-a-century investment and, in collaboration with the monument protection authority and the Tondach Company, achieved an exemplary result true to the original. In the following interview, Nora Drasche-Wartinberg describes the moving family backgrounds as well as details from the refurbishment works.

Interview with Nora Drasche-Wartinberg

There is a historical connection between your family, the Wienerberger Company and Schloss Ebreichsdorf. Would you please explain this briefly? Did this influence your selection of roof tiles? 
The great-great-grandfather of my husband, Heinrich Drasche took over the “Wienerberger Ziegelwerke” from his uncle and big industrialist, Alois Miesbach, which he established as Wienerberger AG in 1869 and as one of the largest and most progressive companies in Austro-Hungary.  Schloss Ebreichsdorf was purchased by the Drasche Family in 1909 and still serves as family seat. The contact to the Wienerberger Company and the decision to use Tondach roof tiles was obvious! We visited the Tondach Company in Gleinstätten and were advised regarding material and colours. The proposal of Tondach and our choice was subsequently coordinated with the monument protection authority. In the end, we used the "Wiener Tasche” old town package in 3 colours and 3 lengths, which was laid by the roofers in an arbitrary pattern to deliberately produce asymmetry. The new roof should not sit on the historic castle like an unnatural orange blot!
 
Owing to the property, a castle surrounded by moats, you were surely confronted with difficult conditions for the refurbishment works. How long did it the refurbishment take and how was the work carried out?
Owing to the moats surrounding the castle, the refurbishment works had to be carried out without scaffolding. The work on the tower was done by craftsmen hanging on ropes like alpinists. In order to reuse the old roof truss dating from the 16th century, the original battens including the old roof tiles had to be removed. For that purpose, a lift was specifically installed.  The construction works for the refurbishment of the large roof area of 2,800 m² with two towers and several chimneys were carried out over a period of three summers.
 
With this roof refurbishment you made an important contribution to the preservation of the historic building. Did the public appreciate your efforts or did you receive any support?
We have made the decision in favour of this once-in-a-century investment all by ourselves, whereby my husband deserves great thanks for his initiative. We experienced very positive appreciation from our entire environment and were also granted financial support from the State and the monument preservation authority, but we have borne the lion’s share of the costs.

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