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.

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2 comments on “Daily Picture 24-Dec-09: Ottoman Inspired Art Nouveau Style Doorway

  1. Wow,
    You have a great blog,
    I enjoy it very much, thank you for the interesting articles!
    I admire the architectural traditions of the Balkans and Constantinople very much,
    have you been to Istanbul in Beyoglu, on the Istiklal street, where the Orthodox, Armenian and Catholic communities of Constantinople made architectural wonders in the XIX century? :)

    • Thank you for your nice message Sandro! It is what I strive to bring to the attention- the great cultural and architectural heritage of the Balkans and of what used to be the area of the Ottoman and Byzantine worlds. I am a fervent visitor of Istanbul and I always learn from its great heritage! Valentin Mandache

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