The Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, has decided to automatically classify certain parts (façades, roofs, interior spiral staircases) of the house known as the "Berweiller House" in Sierck-les-Bains (Moselle) as historic monuments by decree.
The house of the Berweiller draper, dated 1624, is an exceptional witness of the merchant houses built in Sierck-les-Bains between the middle of the XVIe and the beginning of the XVIIe century, and one of the few whose facades have retained their original appearance. The main north and south façades are pierced with beautiful bays. The entrance door on street is equipped with a particularly neat decoration.
The building, weakened by the destruction of a terraced house in the 1950s, suffers from a recurring lack of maintenance. It was the subject of an endangered order made in 2019 by the municipality, which was then planning to demolish the building. Following the mobilization of several heritage associations against this threat of demolition, the building was placed under the jurisdiction of the classification body by decision of 25 January 2021, for a period of one year.
This period, during which all the effects of the classification apply to the building, was used to carry out, under the State’s project management, first emergency conservatory works (putting in safety, cleaning and installation of an «umbrella») and to instruct a definitive protective measure.
The National Commission on Heritage and Architecture, meeting on October 14, 2021, unanimously voted in favour of classifying the facades and roofs as historical monuments, if necessary, as well as the staircase inside this house.
Since the agreement to classify one of the two undivided owners could not be obtained, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin decided to automatically classify this remarkable building as a historical monument, thus guaranteeing it protection commensurate with its interest.