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The Ivars farmstead


The Ivars farmstead from Närpiö was built in 1764. The constructor is said to have been Dean Henrik Johan Carlborg who, however, died already in 1766. The Ivars farmstead had been bought in his son’s, Jacob Henrik Carlborg’s, name in 1763. The two-storey main building has features resembling the upper-class dwellings of the period. The floor-plan largely resembles standard plans from 1730 for the residences of colonels and majors. The main room with an access to the bedroom and the drawing room are located downstairs. The south bedroom, the imperial chamber and the bedroom with an access to the small bedroom are located upstairs.

In the early 1800's, the Ivars farmstead was owned by peasants and it served as an inn. When Tsar Alexander I visited Finland in 1819, he stopped there to rest and change horses. In honour of the occasion, a new porch with Empire decorations was built and one of the upstairs rooms was converted into a so-called imperial chamber. The walls were decorated with green wallpaper with an Empire-style frieze design and a new tiled stove standing on legs was especially acquired for the occasion. Also the furniture, the table, sofa, bed and six chairs were repainted.

The Ivars yard was originally surrounded by buildings. The gatehouse, originally located opposite the main building, was brought to the Museum. Leading from the gateway is a door to the stable and a room for various household utensils. In the summer months, the loft above this room served as a sleeping space. Juror Hedman’s auxiliary dwelling from Ylimarkku is located on the other side of the yard. It is a typical dwelling of a retired couple consisting of the main room and a couple of small bedrooms.
Ivars farmstead.