Magdas Haus

 

An important monument of folk architecture in Filovci is “Magda’s House” – the only preserved thatched roof house with its house number 40. The house is named after Magda Nemec who has lived her entire life in this house.
 

 


 Features of the house:

  • the floor plan is L-shaped, which has been typical for most houses in Prekmurje in the past;
  • vertically placed wooden beams, attached together by wooden pegs, are hand plastered with clay plaster, mixed with weed material;
  • the hardwood ceiling has a cross pattern in the form of “prosnice”, made by wooden planks laid on the transverse beams;
  • the roof is pitched, roof structure is made of natural wood logs, transversely mounted by thinner round trims, where the roof deck straw is attached to;
  • the beams on the outside of the house are decorated with motifs of red coloured crosses that are supposed to protect the house against accidents;
  • the front side of the house is decorated with a carved wooden gable panel.

 


 

The inside living area of the house is centred by “velka iža” – the largest room with a tile furnace and a large table. At the side walls there are two beds where the parents were sleeping. Children were usually sleeping on the tile furnace, in a cradle or on the floor. The walls are decorated with pictures of saints and portraits of the family. At the front, between two small windows with shutters on the narrow ledge you can see statues of Mary and the saints that have been given as presents or brought home from various pilgrimages.

 



The floor is wooden. On the central pillar of the ceiling the year 1903 is carved as testimonial of the year the house was built..

 

 


 

From the large room “velka iža” a narrow hallway leads to the kitchen. This room was called “čarna küjnja”, since here they were cooking on open fire and the smoke would fill the kitchen making it dark with smoke and soot. Eventually, the kitchen was renovated and an open fireplace was replaced by a more modern wood-fired stove, so that the kitchen could be used also for eating and sleeping. The cellar and the pantry are situated in the back of the living area of the house. The stables and barns represented a much larger part of the house than the living area. The central space was “štala” – stable for livestock, then there is the “gümla” for storage of various farm tools and a farm wagon, the “parma” – a smaller space for hay storage, and “šator” as an extension of the “gümla”, further on there are hog pens with “kürnjek” which served as a chicken house.