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City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg

Austria
Factors affecting the property in 2004*
  • Deliberate destruction of heritage
  • Housing
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2004
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 2004**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

In April 2003 the Centre was informed about a construction project of the Thalia Centre in the Historic Centre of Graz. In October 2003 the Centre’s attention was drawn to the demolition of the ‘Kommod-Haus’, a protected building from 1839 in the Historic Centre of Graz.  By letter of 14 October 2003 the State Party of Austria was requested to comment on the issues raised; however, no information had been received at the time of the preparation of this document.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2004
28 COM 15B.82

The World Heritage Committee [33],

1. Recalling paragraph 56 of the Operational Guidelines (2002)

2. Deplores the destruction of the ‘Kommod-Haus’ as a loss for the historic fabric of the property and its harmonious integration of architectural styles from successive periods;

3. Regrets that the Austrian authorities did not provide information on any of the issues raised in the letter by the World Heritage Centre, dated 14 October 2003;

4. Requests the State Party to work closely with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS on the review of the state of conservation of the World Heritage property with special focus on the current construction plans and the protection of listed buildings;

5. Also requests the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies undertake a mission to the property and to report to the World Heritage Committee at its 29th session in 2005;

6. Further requests the State Party to submit a report on the state of conservation by 1 February 2005 to the World Heritage Centre in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 29th session in 2005.

Draft Decision: 28 COM 15B.82

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Recalling paragraph 56 of the Operational Guidelines,

2.   Deplores the destruction of the ‘Kommod-Haus’ as a loss for the historic fabric of the property and its harmonious integration of architectural styles from successive periods;

3.   Regrets that the Austrian authorities did not provide information on any of the issues raised in the letter of dated 14 October 2003;

4.   Requests the State Party to work closely with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS on the review of the state of conservation of the World Heritage property with special focus on the current construction plans and the protection of listed buildings;

5.   Further requests the State Party to submit a report on the state of conservation by 1 February 2005 to the to the World Heritage Centre in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 29th session in 2005.

Report year: 2004
Austria
Date of Inscription: 1999
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (ii)(iv)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 28COM (2004)
Exports

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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