Bucharest Art Deco Houses: Photomontage and Slide Show

Photomontage of Bucharest 1930s Art Deco style stock houses (©Valentin Mandache)

The photomontage above, mirrored in the slide show just after the text, shows some of the usual stock Art Deco style houses of Bucharest, built throughout the 1930s, which imprinted the skyline of the city with their straight lines and modern design. It gives a certain idea how Romania’s capital might have looked in its glory years during the inter-war period through these dwellings inhabited by the local middle classes, built according to their increasingly sophisticated modern tastes at a time of economic well being derived from the then important oil exports of Romania.

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2 thoughts on “Bucharest Art Deco Houses: Photomontage and Slide Show

  • These are very interesting. I’m not quite sure what you mean by ‘stock’ houses — is it that they are considered representative of the Art Deco style? (True!)


    • Thanks for the comment John! I wanted, by using the expression ‘stock houses’, to emphasize that these are more or less run of the mill models of that era, something like off the shelf designs, built from usual, unpretentious – stock construction materials, etc.; houses built and inhabited by the newly emerging middle classes that were at the beginning of their learning/ sophistication curve. Valentin



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