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History of the Estate

The Transformation

What's in the Estate?

An Autumn Memoir

The Paçacıoğlu Family

Paçacıoğlu Summer Resort

The Paçacıoğlu Estate is located in the Bağlar District, which used to be a summer pasture, right in the corner lot where the Antep and Kavaklar streets intersect. Its front side looks down on Aslanlar and observes the day's happenings. Visitors first meet the house when they visit the Arasna Bazaar; either in a ''yemeni'' shop or a gift store. The house can sometimes be seen on a glass, and sometimes on a plate. And at times it is transformed into a Safranbolu model and travels to all four corners of the world. Don't be surprised if you see it on a leather bag or a keychain either. Just like the Gökçüoğlu Residence, the Hacı Memişler Residence and the Kaymakamlar Estate, the Paçacıoğlu Estate is a symbol of Safranbolu. It also played a history-shaping role without even knowing it; the Paçacıoğlu Estate is the prototype of world-renown traditional Safranbolu houses in the minds of the public (Arkitekt Magazine, January 1997).

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The estate was built by Paçacıoğlu Hüsnü Efendi in 1890. Hüsnü Efendi passed away in 1916, followed by his wife Ayşe Hanım in 1936. Afterwards, the estate was passed on to Osman Paçacıoğlu.

First a summer house for Osman Paçacıoğlu, his wife Fatma, and their three children Şükran, Hüsnü and Mustafa, the state became their permanent residence after they sold their house in the city. One of the leading merchants in the town, Osman Paçacıoğlu also worked as the District Head of the Republican People's Party (CHP), and later on took on the role of Safranbolu's Town Mayor.

The Paçacıoğlu Summer Resort is built on a plain corner lot and consists of a ground floor, middle floor and top floor all arranged in a square-shaped, cubic manner. Entrance to the ground floor is through a double-leaf door with identical sides. The entrance doors are located symmetrically on the both sides of the estate.

The estate shows the characteristics of Late Era houses that were built in late 18th century onto the early 19th century. The state carries the traces of the era its built in through two stone stairs leading up to the middle floor; doors with eyvans located next to sofas; direct entrance to rooms through two-leaf doors instead of two-phase room entrances; baroque-influenced flower beds located on sofa corners and eyvans; window forms on upper floor eyvans; baroque-influenced curved pediments on the front side.

The upper floor of the Paçacıoğlu Estate has a central plan with a sofa in the middle. Sofa is the most important space-piece of the estate. Eyvans open up to all four corners of the room just as an extension of the sofa. At the extremities of the evens, divans are located. These divans are places for sitting down and having a conversation, and they look as a common part of the rooms that are entered through eyvans located on their both sides.

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Rooms are arranged and designed as independent living units. All rooms have a fireplace, a large closet for bedding, cupboards and a divan. A connection with the environment is ensured through six outside-looking windows that are located on two sides of the room.

Its square plan, cubic perspective and modular mass movements gave the estate its symbolic status (Arkitekt Magazine, January 1997).

The family first moved to Karabük due to work, and then to Pendik, Istanbul following the liquidation of the business. The estate was then used as a summer house. However, following Fatma Paçacıoğlu's sudden passing away in 1981, the family began not frequenting the estate. And following Osman Paçacıoğlu's death in 1991, the estate became neglected for a long time.

In time, the inheritors Şükran and Mustafa transferred their shares in the estate to Hüsnü. In order to fix and render the uninhabited and damaged estate habitable, Hüsnü Paçacıoğlu worked for long years. Finally, he initiated restoration work in 2007.

Besides its great size, its lack of frequent use by family members led to the decision of restoring the estate and turning it into a boutique hotel, which would also enrich Safranbolu. After four years of work, the estate finally became ready to be put in service in 2012.

With its architectural and geographic value, Paçacıoğlu Summer Resort will survive as an important ambassador of Safranbolu houses.



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