DAILY PICTURE: Historic Houses of Romania (2 Sep.‘09)

"Free Press" House, Bucharest (Valentin Mandache)

The hammer and sickle communist emblem as architectural ornament, adorning the wall of the "Free Press" House, Bucharest. Most of these symbols, which used to be so abundant in Romania two decades ago, have been erased from building facades. This is second largest edifice in Bucharest, built with Soviet money and skilled workforce in 1952-'57 in the Stalinist Realism architectural style, shared with similar Eastern Block buildings from Moscow to Warsaw. It hosted the offices of the central communist press and its printing facilities. The quality of the construction materials and finishes is the highest possible and the building, in my opinion, is a valuable piece of heritage that deserves to be conserved. At the moment the ownership of the edifice is divided between a myriad of firms with little interests for its correct upkeep and conservation, (©Valentin Mandache)

My goal through this daily series of images is to spark the interest of a diverse international audience into the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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