The federal state office Hessisches Immobilienmanagement was in charge of construction management in the Hessenpark Open Air Museum between 2006 and 2011. But after efficient structures had been developed, the responsibility of managing construction, maintenance and upkeep of the buildings was shifted to Hessenpark at the beginning of 2012. Nevertheless, external know-how is still invaluable – therefore, external specialists often work side by side with Hessenpark’s own craftspeople to take care of the plethora of jobs.
The massive experience gained maintaining more than 100 historical buildings provides a solid basis for the Hessenpark Open Air Museum becoming a centre for restoration of half-timbered houses and construction with traditional, especially renewable building materials. The specialist courses in cooperation with the DenkmalAkademie of the German foundation for monument protection taking place in the museum since 2010 also prove the level of accessible expertise at Hessenpark. The long-term goal of becoming a centre of excellence in this area was put down in the guiding principles of the museum in 2011.