Neo-Romanian balcony veranda assemblies

Bellow are two examples of ample Neo-Romanian style balcony veranda assemblies built one and a half decade apart (the first image, immediately under the text, shows a late 1930s construction, while the one bellow it dates from the first half of the 1920s). They exhibit the evolution of this style from heavy forms, built using traditional materials like compact bricks and masonry (1920s) to somehow slender and airy shapes made possible by the use of reinforce concrete and lighter, modern bricks. The common denominator is the near burdensome, but flamboyant decorative register composed of elements inspired from the late medieval Wallachian church (Brancovan era) ornaments like the Ottoman Islamic arches, short Byzantine columns or the rope motif among many other enchanting details.

Neo-Romanian style balcony veranda assembly, late 1930s house, Cismigiu area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)
Neo-Romanian style balcony assembly, early 1920s house, Dorobanti area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)


I endeavour through this series of periodic 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 or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contactpage of this weblog.


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