Daily Picture 24-Dec-09: Ottoman Inspired Art Nouveau Style Doorway

A very rare Art Nouveau style doorway with Ottoman Balkan inspired decorative motifs. 1900s house, Icoanei area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The exquisite Art Nouveau style house boasting this beautiful doorway assembly is just falling apart, which could well be the usual sign that the owners of this historic house intend to have it demolished, once the building deteriorates beyond repair (one of the legal means to obtain the much coveted demolition permit for listed buildings). The obvious goal in that case, is to secure the land beneath the house for sale (the historic building is usually seen as an expensive overburden) or for lucrative commercial real estate development. That is a widely encountered phenomenon plaguing Bucharest, which slowly transforms the local urban landscape into a place devoid of its historic and architectural identity, crowded with unsightly, low quality commercial buildings.

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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.

Winter Festive Season Greetings!

I would like to wish every one of my readers a very happy winter festive season and a prosperous 2010! Valentin Mandache [photograph: Beautiful, but in need of urgent repair, 'Little Paris' style house in midday Bucharest winter Sun. Mosilor area]