Early Neo-Romanian style window

Early Neo-Romanian style window, dating from the 1890s, Armeneasca area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The window and the building which it adorns date from the last decade of the c19th, a period when the Neo-Romanian architectural style was still in its infancy. I documented in previous blog articles a number of such exquisite houses, which display decorative and structural features from that fascinating formative period, click here or here to access some examples. This particular window displays an interesting transition between between elements peculiar to the Little Paris style (French c19th historicist styles interpreted in a provincial manner in the late c19th Romania), such as the two classical like columns or the flower garland rim, and Wallachian church and Ottoman decorative elements, where most conspicuous are the type of the broken arch crowning the top of the window and the repeating leaf motif decorating the pediment.


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.


If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing 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.

2 thoughts on “Early Neo-Romanian style window

  • Aici nu sunt de acord…combinatia este eclectica, iar relieful sapat si motivele sunt tipic armenesti…dintr-o perioada ante-Mincu…


    • Eclectismul este parte a ceea ce eu denumesc stilul Micul Paris, iar elementele armenesti sunt fundamentale in make up-ul arhitecturii Valahe si otomane; deci este o chestiune de terminologie a acelorasi trenduri. Tu folosesti o terminologie care are traditie in lucrarile de specialitate locale, si care nu a prea mai fost updata si conectata la discursul critic actual international; eu construiesc o terminologie care sa reflecte niste ecouri si fenomene mai largi in contextul discursului critic mai actual, etc. VM



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