Neo-Romanian style elevator

Neo-Romanian style elevator, 1926 apartment bloc designed by architect Arghir Culina, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The Neo-Romanian style was intended since its inception as a “total” national style, covering domains such as civil, industrial and military architecture, interior design, visual arts or even book design. A less known direction of application was that of the machinery associated with big edifices built in the Neo-Romanian style, such as the elevators. There are some interesting examples around of lifts, which show attempts to ornate or imprint on those machines a Neo-Romanian outlook. An telling example is the elevator doorway and stairs rail that coils around the lift shaft, presented in the photograph above, which I recently found in the main hallway of one of the largest apartment blocks ever built in the Neo-Romanian style. The structure is located on Hristo Botev boulevard in Bucharest, designed by architect Arghir Culina, dating from 1926, during what I call the mature phase of the Neo-Romanian style.


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2 thoughts on “Neo-Romanian style elevator

  • Bravo Valentin,
    Like you, I am convinced that documenting as many cases as possible of Neo-Romanian style is important – even essential – work if we are not to lose it all! I can think of a number of other elevators thorughout the city worthy of inclusion in your inventory.


    • Thank you Indrei, nice to hear from you! I am glad our interests overlap in that regard. We need as many as possible fellow travellers as regards the rediscovery and preservation of Romania’s national architectural style. I would be interested to hear about other such elevators which you identified in Bucharest. Speaking about other peculiar Neo-Romaian manifestations, I am preparing now an article about a beautiful wood burning stove found recently in the city. Valentin



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