Spanish inspired architecture in inter-war Bucharest

Spanish inspired architecture in inter-war Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The image, shown in true (above) and inverse (bellow) colours, depicts an entrance corridor giving access from the street gate to the garden of a late 1930s grand house in Icoanei area of Bucharest, in one of the many Mediterranean inspired styles developed in those very prosperous  years for the economy of Romania, after the Great Depression and before the conflagration of the Second World War. The particular design of this edifice, designed by architect George Damian, models that of a Spanish medieval mansion, imagined under the Iberian burning sun, which is very fitting for the Romanian high summer climate, when temperatures can get close to 40 centigrades for weeks long, as is the case in this July 2012.

Spanish inspired architecture in inter-war Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)
Spanish inspired architecture in inter-war Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)