Most of the workers and foremen were recruited in local villages
through newspaper adverts or after having been recommended. A few
Germans made up the rest of the team, especially amongst the
carpenters. Local people therefore had a very important role in
restoring the castle.
The workers were responsible for structural and related works
(clearing the site, putting up scaffolding, stone cutting etc.) and
for making wooden items (shutters, galleries/balconies, frames
etc.). The wood was supplied by local sawmills.
Specialized work - plumbing, gutters, the making of copper
parts, along with arts and crafts style creations (making of
ceramic stoves, models in plaster for sculptors etc) was
given to outside contractors, mostly based in Germany.
A wide variety of trades
Many different trades and crafts were involved in the project:
quarry-workers, stone-cutters, masons, machinists, metal-workers,
carpenters and blacksmiths, not to mention an inn-keeper and a
cook. A café, a canteen and dormitories were set up on the site for
the workers, as the son of the carpenter-foreman recounted:
'The working week was made up of six 10 hour days. The
workers and employees could eat in the canteen and sleep in the
dormitories if they wanted to.
Generally speaking, all the workers made use of these
facilities and only went home on Saturdays, on foot, of course, as
there was no other means of transport. It took three hours to walk
home and then return to the château again.'
Quote taken from 'Chronique d'une famille alsacienne'
(the story of an Alsatian family) by H. BRENNER, son of the foreman
Henri BRENNER, written at the end of the
This didn't mean that the number of workers remained static
throughout the year: according to the payroll records at Sélestat,
the number of workers went from 30 to more than 200, depending on
the time of year!