Clamshell Doorway Awning (Little Paris style)

Little Paris style doorway dating from the 1900s decade, Targoviste, southern Romania (©Valentin Mandache)

The elaborate and exquisite glass and wrought iron clamshell shape awning for doorways is a hallmark element of the Little Paris architecture of Romania that flourished in this country in the last quarter of the c19th. That type of awning is inspired from models used in c19th French historicist and Art Nouveau architecture, one of the most famous examples being the awning of the entrance into the Porte Dauphine metro station in Paris. The delicious clamshell awning with well preserved wrought iron garlands, presented in the photograph above, is from Targoviste, a city in southern Romania that still preserves many beautiful buildings from the Fin de Siècle period.


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


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4 thoughts on “Clamshell Doorway Awning (Little Paris style)

  • In Targoviste, pe bulevardul de la Gara pe partea dreapta, pe la mijloc exista o vila modernista – foarte probabil facuta de Marcel Iancu (cu geamuri rotunde)si gard stil art-deco…


    • Imi amintesc de o casa la granita dintre Art Deco si Modernism de pe Bd-ul Garii in Targoviste… o sa ma uit special dupa semnalmentele vilei de care mi-ai zis, la urmatoarea vizita. VM


  • Those garlands are seriously made of metal?? At first I thought the owner had tried to pretty up the door with flower petals or something.



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