Arts and Crafts House within Royal Palace Grounds

A guest house inspired from the Romanian peasant type dwellings, built in the 1920s and located within the Scroviste royal palace grounds, on lake Snagov shore, North of Bucharest. (©ANR/ Valentin Mandache)

The image above shows one of the guest houses from within the grounds of Scroviste royal palace, on the shore of Snagov lake. It is a design combining the peasant house and Neo-Romanian architectures within a peculiar Arts and Crafts matrix (see my earlier post on Romanian Arts and Crafts architecture for details). The house has a ground floor pergola made from wooden poles carved with ethnographic motifs. Similar type carved poles adorn the extended first floor veranda. The palace gardens were landscaped by Fr. Rebhun, a talented and prolific Austrian landscape architect, very active in Romania in those decades, with many completed royal and public park commissions (Royal Pelesh Castle gardens, Cismigiu Park in central Bucharest, etc.) . What I like in this instance in terms of landscape architecture is the pergola with climbing roses, the house nestled between two imposing trees and the peasant stone stone cross at the base of the right hand tree, which together with the wonderful architecture of the house and its special location on the shore of a prairie lake constitute a metaphor of the Romanian peasant life and country’s natural landscape, an excellent product of those very creative decades of early c20th in this country.

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural 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 locating 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 Nouveau style royal garden pavilion

Garden pavilion in the grounds of Cotroceni Royal Palace, Bucharest cca 1903. The structure is built in an exquisite combination of Art Nouveau and Neo-Romanian styles. (old photograph, Valentin Mandache collection)

 

The photograph above was taken cca 1903, during a May Day garden party organised in the grounds of Cotroceni Royal Palace in Bucharest by the crown princely couple, Ferdinand and Marie, shown here at the centre of the photograph. The garden pavilion exhibits a splendid combination of international Art Nouveau and grass roots Neo-Romanian styles, being very telling of those interesting times of art experiments in Europe. Princess Marie, a British born royal granddaughter of Queen Victoria, was at the forefront of the Art Nouveau movement in Romania. She was an able promoter through her own creations ranging from high quality drawings to furniture and interior design, many of which can still be admired today in museums. Marie also had contacts with famous Art Nouveau artists like Gustav Klimt who was commissioned by the Romanian Royal Family to paint interiors at the Peles Castle in the Transylvanian Alps or visits by Sarah Bernhardt, the actress, an iconic figure for the Art Nouveau movement.

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