1) Research Assistant, Mardin Artuklu University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, hakanyildiz@artuklu.edu.tr

2) Associate Professor Dr, Yıldız Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, cifci@yildiz.edu.tr


Başpınar Village of Kemaliye Town, which is at an altitude of 1400 m in Erzincan province on the east of the country, is one of the rural settlements that has not been subject to documentation work and architectural conservation studies up to now due to hard transport conditions in the region. In this study, 216 masonry houses of three to four floors that are made of stone have been documented by means of onsite observations, and photographs. The architectural features of plans and façades and indoor elements were examined in detail in 15 traditional houses by survey drawings. An inventory card based on exterior observations is prepared for all Başpınar’s buildings. Because of the immigration, the settlement which has conservations problems needs to be revitalized. It is hoped that after this research the settlement will be preserved as a cultural landscape.


Keywords: Erzincan, Başpınar, vernacular architecture, masonry buildings, plan and façade