I was definitely having heart palpitations as Hannah Verlin and I approached Junkerhaus
in the small town of Lemgo in north central Germany. (Lemgo, by the way, is a completely under rated town. Why this picturesque, perfectly preserved renaissance town is barely mentioned or even completely omitted by guide books, I cannot understand.
Lemgo’s streets are lined with lovingly restored houses with carved and painted facades, the likes of which we didn’t encounter anywhere else. Should you find yourself near Hanover Germany, go a little out of your way to visit Lemgo!) Seeing Junkerhaus in person had been a dream of mine since I learned about it thirty years ago when I first started becoming passionate about outsider art. When Hannah asked me if I wanted to join her on her ossuary trip, I thought, Aha! This could be my chance to see Junkerhaus! This eccentric environment is the creation of Karl Junker who constructed, carved, and painted every inch of his house inside and out nonstop for 23 years in late 1800’s, early 1900’s. He began his oeuvre by building a precise 1- 20 scale model of his visionary home and then proceeded with the basic construction of the three story house. He had had earlier experience as a carpenter, and then went to art school in Munich where he learned to draw and paint. Junker abandoned all other pursuits once he began his obsessive house project. I’m worried I might me overusing words like awesome, astounding, magnificent, on this trip of wonders, but have a look at these images and see if you don’t agree. To be so single minded, so sure of one’s vision, so unconcerned what the neighbors think, now that is awesome!