Art Deco garage door masterpiece

I discovered during the last Sunday architectural history and photography tour in Calea Calarasi area of Bucharest a tantalizingly beautiful Art Deco style garage doorway, presented in the photographs bellow (the same image processed in three different sequences in order to better outline various parts of its delicate design). I am very impressed by its quality and excellent proportions that please the eye, and also by its good state of preservation. The design reminds me of paintings typical of the Bauhaus school, something like a cross between Mondrian and Paul Klee. The theme is a 1930s era factory with clerestory roof windows (the sawtooth-like elements), chimney stacks from which smoke billows out, clouds and Suns in different positions, at dawn- on the left, midday- in the centre and dusk- on the right, signifying a working day at the factory. The wall surrounding the door opening also contains a similar theme Art Deco design, which unfortunately is now quite obscured by a layer of whitewash. On the whole, I believe, this garage door is quite an work of art and a testimony of the quality of Bucharest’s Art Deco era architecture.

Art Deco garage door, Calea Calarasi area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)
Art Deco garage door, Calea Calarasi area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)
Art Deco garage door, Calea Calarasi 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.

2 thoughts on “Art Deco garage door masterpiece

  • Dear Budji,
    Many thanks for your kind words about my blog! I am very happy if my writings about Bucharest’s and Romania’s Art Deco style have sparked an increased interest in the architecture of that era in your own country! I wish you happy Art Deco discoveries in that spiritual journey!
    Best regards,


  • Dear Mr. Mandache,

    Im neither a property buyer or a tourist, I found your blog while researching for art deco style to implement for a fine jewelry project. I commend you for your passion of recording architectural marvels and I am inspired to record the same as you even in my private capacity. The Philippines was one of the few countries in Southeast Asia that adapted Art Deco when it was in vogue in the early 20th century. I will go out next week and bring my camera and record potential historical architectural beauties.

    You make the world a better place by taking us on a pleasant and marvelous journey to your country.

    All the best,



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