Conservation and Restoration Research of Summer Houses of Dubrovnik Area

Authors: Petra Ajduković, Anita Brakus Kedžo, Ana Doljanin and Veronika Meštrović-Šaran


Kedzo ARestoration and conservation research conducted in November 2015 on three summer houses of Dubrovnik area brought forth a number of new cognitions regarding the state of these important monuments of Dubrovnik's culture. Our presentation would shortly, within the time limits, present the results of the mentioned research on Rastić, Boždari-Škarplenda and Gučetić-Lazarević summerhouses. Further, the methods used in this research will be compared to those used in the past research of years 1986 and 1987, conducted by the associates of the Art History Compartment of Historical Sciences Institute in Zagreb. Besides presenting the results itself, the significant role recently taken by other disciplines of science will be emphasized, with the aim of better understanding the cultural heritage and the cases and processes of their deterioration. The contemporary physical and chemical methods of analysis (microsecting/light microscope recording, FT-IR analyses, GR recording, SM light microscope analysis, AS qualitative and quantitative salt analysis, PA petrography analysis, XRD, X-ray diffraction etc.) and the most recent documentation methods (digital photography, 3D scan, point cloud, total cell) complemented the mentioned previous studies, which have more than 30 years ago warned about the necessity of reconstructing or at least recovering the damage that threatened to completely destroy certain parts of the buildings. Besides this, the comparison of the documentation regarding the current condition of summerhouses in the mid-eighties and the documentation of the most recent research, will give a clear insight into the volume and the types of damage and contamination amassed in the last 30 years.

The work presented in this lecture was carried out by a private company. Conservation-restoration students did not participate in the project, nor was it related to any conservation-restoration study programmes. A copy of the paper can be obtained from the corresponding author: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Short biographies

PETRA AJDUKOVIĆ was born on the May 1st 1988 in Split. After graduating from Faculty of Chemistry and Technology in Split (2011) she started working in the Neir Ltd. company as a conservationist chemist, conducting the chemical analyses of stone, brick and mortar, as well as the desalinisation and stone consolidation processes.

ANITA BRAKUS KEDŽO was born on April 25th 1985 in Šibenik. After graduating from Faculty of Philosophy in Split in 2011 (M.A. Art History and English language) she enrolled in the postgraduate doctorate study of Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar, where she is currently at the final semester of her studies. After working at the Ministry of Culture, Conservation Department in Split (2012-2013) and Arhitektura baština projektiranje Ltd. (2015) she is currently employed at the eLABORO Ltd. company in Split, conducting art-historical researches.