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The first two cave dwellings were created after the abandonment of Altenburg. Two caves in the area of the castle have been converted into apartments. A first apartment existed here since 1787. In the period from 1855 to 1858 then ten apartments were carved into the sandstone cliffs on Schäferberg. In Langenstein there was a considerable housing shortage. Several young families from Langenstein and workers from the Goslar region urgently needed living space. A request of the village court Hinze to the district administrator Gustav von Gustedt, to support the community in the creation of housing, was rejected. The municipal council decided that the possibility of creating cave houses should be given. The builders were sold the rock walls for eight groschen each.The work was carried out by the apartment seekers with hammer, pickaxe and chisel and lasted between two and five months. The small, about 30 m² apartments had similar cuts and each had a living room, bedroom, children's room and a pantry. Through the rock lead up chimneys, among which were originally masonry herd. The only building materials needed were a door and a window. The dividing walls between the rooms was formed by standing rock. Natural light had only the front rooms. Gaps above the doors and chimneys should allow air circulation to prevent the formation of mold and moisture on the walls.Source: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Höhlenwohnungen_Langenstein
June 5, 2018
In 1856 there was a great housing shortage in the village. Apartment seekers were offered a piece of rock by the mayor, following the example of the apartment on the Altenburg, in order to carve their own apartment out of the rock. That was a temporary solution. The last apartment was abandoned in 1912 after the last of the residents died in the cave.halberstadt.de/de/hoehlenwohnungen-altenburg/hoehlenwohnungen-altenburg.html
October 19, 2020
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