Greek cross shape Neo-Romanian lamp

Greek cross shape Neo-Romanian lamp, the old Postal Customs House (early 1920s), Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

This is another discovery of a rare Neo-Romanian style lamp, the third one documented so far on this blog. It adorns the back wall of the grandiose Postal Customs House building in central Bucharest, designed by a group of architects led by Statie Ciortan in the period just before the Great War and completed in the early 1920s. I like its Greek cross shape and intricate ornaments. Unfortunately the lamp is left unmaintained, being now used by birds for nesting.

The first type of lamp documented on this site can be seen at this link, embellishing the doorway sides of Marmorosch Blank Bank, a building designed by arch. Petre Antonescu in 1915 and finished in the early 1920s, while the second lamp can be accessed at this link, adorning the doorway arch of former Prim Minister Ionel IC Batianu’s home, designed by the same architect and completed in 1908.


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 Contact page of this weblog.


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