Staircase well

The staircase well of a mid-1930s Art Deco house, Matei Basarab area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The staircase well pictured above is from a derelict Art Deco style building, inhabited by poor state tenants (housed there since the 1950s when the house was confiscated from its owners by the communist regime). It is unlit, the natural illumination at its top coming through porthole shape windows.


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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