Neo-Romanian Style Public Bench

A rare and exquisite Neo-Romanian style public bench dating from the 1930s, Villa Mina Minovici area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The Neo-Romanian style design public benches are an architectural rarity. The one from the photograph above is probably the amplest one, located in front of the Villa Mina Miovici museum, one of the most representative houses in the Neo-Romanian style built at the beginning of the c20th. The bench, inspired from the late medieval Wallachian church prayer benches with a gracious hint of Ottoman Balkan motifs, is made from reinforced concrete and possibly dates from late 1920s, or even mid 1930s when a great city exhibition under royal patronage took place in that area next to the Herestrau lake, north Bucharest. It could also be contemporary with Minovici villa (1905 – ’06), as an early example of reinforced concrete technology.


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One thought on “Neo-Romanian Style Public Bench

  • *Deeply impressed* I wouldn’t have thought it would even be possible to make something that pretty out of concrete.



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