Art Deco Street Fence: Ocean Liner Upper Deck Guard Motif

Art Deco street fence, surrounding a building designed by the architect Alexandru Zamphiropol in 1933. Domenii area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The street fence in the above photograph models the upper deck guard of an ocean cruise liner, a predilect theme of the Art Deco architectural style, and is in tone with the motifs displayed by the building which it surrounds, a remarkable modernist design Art Deco apartment block with two glazed stair towers, which I described in an article here in January this year. I like how the street fence itself follows the street curvature (there is a roundabout), a fact suggesting even more poignantly the streamlined body of an ocean liner.

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I endeavor through this series of daily articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Art Deco doorway – machine room theme

Art Deco style doorway, early 1930s house, Calea Calarasi area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The appearance of this delightful Bucharest Art Deco doorway, dating from the first half of the 1930s, is very much that of a steam boat machine room access door, a theme part of the inter-war ocean cruise liner decorative panoply of subjects peculiar to the Art Deco style suggesting the longing to travel to exotic shores of the people of that period. It makes a refreshing contrast with the continental climate and environment of this city located in the middle of the Lower Danube prairie, far away from sea ports.

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I endeavor through this daily series of daily articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.