A rare ceramic tile Art Deco façade in Bucharest

Ceramic tile Art Deco ground level façade, late 1930s apartment block, Gara de Nord area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The Art Deco style ceramic façades are a very rare occurrence among the built landscape of Bucharest. Here I managed to find one such elusive example, dating from the late 1930s in the environs of Gara de Nord train station, which has endured a lot of abuse and neglect in the intervening decades, but nevertheless is still managing to convey the spirit of the time. I like how the contrasting black and white parallel strips theme brings to my mind the the cutaway tuxedo suite worn with black tie, white shirt and flashy two tone colour spectator shoes that are the hallmark of the Jazz/ Art Deco era fashion.


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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3 thoughts on “A rare ceramic tile Art Deco façade in Bucharest

  • May i ask why you used the term façade and not facade?
    I assume façade is just the french spelling, but as you never or seldom use “Art déco” for “Art Deco” here, i wonder if there is a specific reason?


    • I endeavour in general to use the British (OED) spelling, where “façade” is the recommended term (recently “facade” has also been accepted by OED, but is a too recent adoption in my opinion). The same applies for “Art Deco”, which has, from its consecration in the 1960s as an architectural term, been used without the accent. Best regards, VM



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