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Visbys färger: exteriör färgsättning av bostadshus i Visby innerstad 1860–1930
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The colours of Visby : exterior colour schemes of dwellings in the historic centre of Visby 1860–1930 (English)
Abstract [en]

The main aim of this research is to survey the general colour scheme for private dwellings inVisby, built 1860–1930. During this period the visual appearance of the town of Visby changedsubstantially, since the increased local production of lime led to the plastering of many woodenbuildings. Which colour schemes were chosen for the different building types of the historic centreof Visby, and which colours came to dominate the time period? The methods used for answeringthese questions have partly been field studies on site and sampling of selected buildings, andpartly critical reading and observation of iconographic material (paintings, drawings, aquarelles,postcards and photographs). The field study includes about 45 objects, in which a number ofsamples are taken from each building element (mouldings, plaster, windows and doors). Thesamples were first analysed ocularly as cross sections. A selection of cross sections have then beenanalysed by means of scanning electron microscopy analysis. The results show a unitary colourscheme, based on earth pigment and carbon black. The dwellings erected during the 19th centuryin Visby, represent a significant part of its building stock, and the lack of scientifically groundedresearches makes implementation of adequate maintenance difficult. It also appears that a largenumber of these dwellings have recently been (or are soon to be) restored, causing a serious lossof primary source of information, as well as affecting town and streetscape with new colourings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 82 p.
Keyword [en]
colour schemes, dwellings, exterior, Visby, Gotland, cross sections, pigments
Keyword [sv]
färgsättning, bostadshus, exteriör, Visby, Gotland, färgsnitt, pigment
National Category
Architecture Architectural Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-208337OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-208337DiVA: diva2:652054
Subject / course
Cultural Heritage Preservation (HGO)
Educational program
Building Conservation Program (HGO)
Available from: 2013-10-01 Created: 2013-09-28 Last updated: 2013-10-01Bibliographically approved

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