Lipce – Lions Manor

History

The historic arcaded, half-timber house, called Lions Manor, dates from the beginning of the seventeenth century. According to other sources, dendrochronological studies have dated it on 1572. It belonged to the wealthy Ferber family, who used it for grain storage (in the attic) and flat. It was a period of increased grain exports, which were not able to accommodate Gdańsk’s granaries at certain times of the year. Later there was a large roadside inn in it.

Architecture

Lions Manor was erected on a rectangular plan with dimensions of 12×20 meters, in a half-timbered construction, using oak wood. It is two-storey, covered with a gable roof. On the whole length of the front elevation there is a arcade with 9 supports. The ground floor has a flat with an area of 180 m2 and an additional floor and low attic, used for economic purposes. From the half-timbered building to this day, the elements of the wooden roof truss and than carpentry solutions, preserved unchanged. The original framework of the structure filled with wicker and clay was replaced with bricks in the 1960s.

Current state

Lions Manor is one of the best preserved and oldest arcaded, half-timber houses in Poland. Currently, it is in the hands of a private investor who has recently renovated the building.

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bibliography:
Samp J., Orunia, Stare Szkoty i Lipce, Gdańsk 2005.
Stankiewicz J., Zabytki budownictwa na Żuławach, [w:] Rocznik Gdański 1956/1957, t. 15-16.
Tłoczek I., Polskie budownictwo drewniane, Warszawa 1980.