Status of monument -> National monument
Pursuant to Article V para. 4 Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Article 39 para. 1 of the Rules of Procedure of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments, at a session held from 3 to 9 September 2002 the Commission adopted a
D E C I S I O N
The Hadžišabanović Villa in Pale is hereby designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The building stands on cadastral plot no 4326, cadastral municipality Pale, Municipality of Pale, Republika Srpska.
The provisions relating to protection and rehabilitation measures set forth by the Law on the Implementation of the Decisions of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments, established pursuant to Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Official Gazette of Republika Srpska no. 9/02) shall apply to the National Monument specified in the preceding paragraph.
The Government of Republika Srpska shall be duty bound to ensure and provide the legal, scientific, technical, administrative and financial measures necessary to protect, conserve, display and rehabilitate the National Monument specified in Clause I of this Decision.
Government of the Republika Srpska shall be duty bound to provide funds for the preparation and administration of the technical documentation required for the restoration of the structure of the Hadžišabanović Villa in Pale to its original condition.
The Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina shall determine the technical requirements and secure the funds for preparing and setting up signboards with the basic data on the monument and the Decision to proclaim the property a National Monument.
The Government of the Republika Srpska shall be required in particular to ensure that the following measures are put into effect:
1. To draw up a plan for the protection of the building known as the Hadžišabanović Villa in Pale and the courtyard/garden belonging to it, which shall include the following enclosures: a record of the current state of the property with an analysis of the extent of damage and the steps required to make good the said damage; the pre-war condition of the property; the projected state of the property with proposed future use. The Republic Institute for the Protection of the Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of Republika Srpska shall be responsible for drawing up the said document. Experts in the fields of the conservation of the architectural heritage, construction systems, damp proofing etc. shall be involved in the drafting of the said document.
2. Prior to the commencement of restoration works on the building work shall be undertaken to ensure the interim safety of the unsafe elements of the structure. All elements that are likely to collapse and that represent a danger to the public shall be designated and dismantled in the presence of experts from the Republican Institute for the Protection of the Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of Republika Srpska. The premises shall be secured against the effects of leakage of precipitation by the construction of a secondary roof.
3. All dismantled elements of the structure are to be preserved and stored and whenever possible are to be rebuilt into the structure, while those that cannot be so reintegrated are to be presented in appropriate manner.
4. Wood cutting and all forms of forestry exploitation are to be prohibited in the protected cadastral plot and all cadastral plots bordering upon on.
5. Soundings shall be made on the facades of the building to identify the original layers of the facade and in the interior.
6. The building may be used for residential, tourist or catering purposes.
All the legislation in force and area development planning acts not in compliance with the provisions of this Decision are to be revoked.
Everyone, and in particular the competent authorities of Republika Srpska and urban and municipal services, shall refrain from any action that might damage the National Monument specified in Clause I of this Decision or jeopardize the protection and rehabilitation thereof.
The Government of Republika Srpska, the Ministry for Urban Planning, Housing and Public Utilities, Construction and the Environment of Republika Srpska, the Republican Institute for Protection of the Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of Republika Srpska, and the Municipal Authorities in charge of urban planning and land registry affairs, shall be notified of this Decision in order to carry out the measures stipulated in Articles II, III and IV of this Decision, and the Authorized Municipal Court shall be notified for the purposes of registration in the Land Register.
Pursuant to Art. V para 4 Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, decisions of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina are final.
This Decision shall enter into force on the date of its adoption and shall be published in the Official Gazette of BiH and the Official Gazette of Republika Srpska.
This Decision has been adopted by the following members of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments: Zeynep Ahunbay, Amra Hadžimuhamedović, Dubravko Lovrenović, Ljiljana Ševo and Tina Wik.
Chairman of the Commission
06 December 2002
E l u c i d a t i o n
I – INTRODUCTION
Pursuant to Article 2, paragraph 1 of the Law on the Implementation of the Decisions of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments, established pursuant to Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a “National Monument” is an item of public property proclaimed by the Commission to Preserve National Monuments (hereinafter referred to as the Commission) to be a National Monument pursuant to Articles V and VI of Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereinafter referred to as Annex 8) and as property entered on the Provisional List of National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Official Gazette of BiH no. 33/02) until the Commission reaches a final decision on its status, as to which there is no time limit and regardless of whether a petition for the property in question has been submitted or not.
At a session held on 22 July 1997, the Commission issued a Decision to add the Hadžišabanović Villa in Pale to the Provisional List of National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, numbered as 456, and proceeded to carry out the procedure for reaching a final decision to designate the Property as a National Monument, pursuant to Article V of Annex 8 and Article 35 of the Rules of Procedure of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments.
II –PROCEDURE PRIOR TO DECISION
In the procedure preceding the adoption of a final decision to proclaim the property a national monument, the following documentation was inspected:
Ÿ Documentation on the location of the property and the current owner and user thereof (letter from Pale Municipality no. 02-370/55 dated 26 March 2002, with a copy of the cadastral plan and of the ownership certificate enclosed);
Ÿ Data on the current condition and use of the property, including a description and photographs, data of war damage if any, data on restoration or other works on the property if any, etc.
Ÿ Historical, architectural and other documentary material on the property, as set out in the list of documentation referred to within the scope of this decision.
The findings based on the review of the above documentation are as follows:
1. Information on the site
The Hadžišabanović Villa is situated in the locality of Gornje Pale – Koran, in the immediate vicinity of the source of the river Miljacka, cadastral plot no:4326, cadastral municipality Pale, Pale Municipality, Republika Srpska, the owner of which is Pale Municipal Assembly.
The villa was built in 1912, during the Austro-Hungarian period, as a solidly built two-storey structure, purpose-built as a family residence by the Sarajevo merchant family of Hadžišabanović to a design from August Tabory’s carpentry workshop in Sarajevo drawn up in March that year. It remained in private hands until 1946, when it was nationalized by the authorities of the former state. The villa is now owned by Pale Municipality.
2. Description of the Monument
The Villa is a solidly-built two-storey brick-walled structure coated with lime cement stucco, designed as a family residence and representing the Austrian villa style of architecture of the period of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as is apparent from its appearance and form.
The current state of the building is substantially different from August Tabory’s design. Given Tabory’s profession, he was commissioned with manufacturing the wood frame and decorative wooden elements. The appearance of the entire building was probably altered during later refurbishment (major works were undertaken in 1936), with much simpler facades lacking woodwork detail but with new elements interpolated and more complex roof panels. The building has two prominent turrets, the eastern of which has a hipped roof, while the western turret has a polygonal roof of asbestos-cement tiles.
The turrets have prominent roof cornices. The windows are large, and mainly arched. The frames are executed in stucco. The western wing of the building was added in 1936. The building is currently covered with tiles and sheet metal.
3. Current condition of the site
The many years of social neglect, inadequate maintenance, severe weather and other circumstances (the building was nationalized in 1946) have left the building in very poor condition. As a result of years of damp penetration into the walls, the action of frost, and other factors, as well as heavy snowfalls during 2000/2001, the construction has collapsed and the west wing has fallen into ruin. The remains of the west wall are highly unstable and there is a real risk that it too will collapse, which would result in the collapse of most of the building.
III - CONCLUSION
Applying the Criteria for the adoption of a decision on proclaiming an item of property a national monument, (Official Gazette of BiH no. 33/02), and with regard to the age determinants (A) historic value (B), clarity (Div), symbolic value (E), landscape value (F), and authenticity (Gi, iii, iv, v, vii) the Commission has enacted the Decision cited above.
The following documents form an integral part of this Decision:
- Copy of cadastral plan with protected zones designated
- Copy of land register entry and ownership certificate;
The documentation annexed to the Decision is public and available for view by interested persons on written request to the Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Long-term social plan of the city of Sarajevo for the period 1986-2000, Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage for the urban planning region of Pale, Sarajevo, 1987.