Chapel School Waigandshain

Chapel school Waigandshain

In Waigandshain in the Westerwald District, a chapel school is located on the only village main road. The previous school had been declared as being in a ruinous state in 1570. This building existed only until about 1600.
In 1749, the community established a school foundation, which oversaw the building of a chapel school three years later. After serving as a chapel school, the building was turned into Waigandshain’s town hall until it finally passed into private ownership, where it remains today. In 2013. the old half-timbered building was completely renovated. It has become the showpiece
of the village.

Chapel school Waigandshain photograph

Waigandshain in: The Chapel Schools' Book

Chapel schools form a solitary architectural type for the Siegerland and its neighboring regions.

As stand-alone buildings and conspicuous in their surroundings, like the one in Waigandshain, they reveal the connection between religion and school education starting from the domain of Count William I of Nassau-Katzenelnbogen (1487-1559) and his son John VI of Nassau, Katzenelnbogen and Dietz (1536-1606). The hybrid used buildings existed until the end of the 19th century and in parts even until the 20th century. 
Chapel Schools a solitary architectural type

The Siegen fine art photographer Thomas Kellner recognized the historical and cultural value of these buildings and set himself the task of preserving and recalling this typical regional cultural asset through a new medium. By means of photography he transfers the chapel schools into an artistic context and gives the historical topic a new dimension in the present (art). 

Just as the chapel schools united in themselves two spheres of life, this publication also conveys different contemporary perspectives on the history and genesis of the chapel schools. While Kellner tries to rethink the type of building, which oscillates between profane and sacred, with his artistic realization, Chiara Manon Bohn, Isabell Eberling M. Sc. Dr. Andrea Gnam and Dr. Stefanie Siedek-Strunk provide an insight into the historical, architectural and religious classification of the chapel schools up to the pictures of Thomas Kellner in text contributions.