Daily Picture 26-Sep-09: Botched Renovation Works

(©Valentin Mandache)

Neo-Romanian style house mutilated and damaged as a result of ongoing unprofessional renovation works, undertaken by a cowboy construction company; Cismigiu north area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The botched renovation and restoration of historic houses have reached epidemic proportions in Romania’s capital, being even more destructive than the vicissitudes endured by these edifices during WWII and five decades of communist regime. That unprofessional approach and its results threaten the esthetic of the city and the fabric of its identity. The situation is further exacerbated by innumerable cases of illegal and abusive demolitions of historical buildings perpetrated because of ineffective and in many instances corrupt city authorities, under the indifferent eye of a majority of its citizens.

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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.