Daily Picture 26-Dec-09: Provincial Early Art Deco Building

Late 1920s early Art Deco building rendered in a quaint provincial manner, with some Neo-Romanian elements (ground floor arch windows, doorway, etc.) Batiste area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

I took the photograph above in a quite narrow street in the early September midday sunlight and believe that I managed to capture something of that building’s attractive quaintness. It boasts a very interesting ‘transition’ style architecture rendered in a picturesque provincial manner in which Art Deco motifs (ie angular geometrical elements disposed according to the rule of three) predominate. One can also detect there a proportion of Neo-Romanian components: the arched ground floor windows, the doorway awning design and somehow the upper floors bay windows, which remind of the cula fortified house tower abstraction (the main diagnostic element for many Neo-Romanian style buildings). Overall, the late 1920s architect has managed to achieve a wonderfully  proportionate and a very practical – relatively inexpensive design, which integrates itself seamlessly within the historic architectural mix of that area of Bucharest.


I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.


If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

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