World Heritage RørosThe people and the farmsOne of the worker’s houses – Rasmusgården – house no. 7

One of the worker’s houses – Rasmusgården – house no. 7

Rasmusgaarden, which is situated at the bottom of Bergmannsgata, is a typical example of one of the worker’s houses. Holding two jobs, that of working in the mine or elsewhere for the Company and looking after one’s own livestock was typical for the people of Røros right up to the 1970s. It was essential to keep animals to ensure a decent standard of living.
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Preservation by use
Rasmusgaarden became a protected building in as early as 1940, but it remained under private ownership and animals were kept there right up to 1970. In 1998 the property was sold to The Society for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments.
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Style of building
The house at Rasmusgaarden shows many features of what was typical building style in Røros. The main building, the house, is sited with its frontage facing out onto the street, and through the main entrance we gain access to the farm and livestock area with stables, stalls and other outhouses.
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The farm
The farms in Røros were made up of three components: the house with the animals, the gardens and the upland summer farm and dairy. Because the houses and farms were packed close together along the streets, the farmers had to clear and plant land that was outside town.
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Managing the farm
The method of building in Røros, with the houses tightly packed together along the streets, set tough physical requirements, which influenced the form of the houses and the method of running of the farms.
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The people of the house
The first person we know of, who owned the house where Rasmusgaarden stands today was, Joen Olsen Tronshat (1696-1748). His eldest daughter, Ane born in 1729 married Rasmus Andersen Vintevold and took over the property.
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Røros was added to UNESCOs of World Heritage Sites in 1980, refer also to Riksantikvaren, ( Norwegian Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings).
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