Video: The First Neo-Romanian Building- “Lahovary House”

In order to end the blogging year in style, I would like to share with you a short and I hope instructive video, shot recently, about the Lahovary House in Bucharest, the first ever Neo-Romanian style building, erected in 1886 after the plans of architect Ion Mincu, the initiator of this beautiful architectural style peculiar to Romania. This is one of the jewels of the Romanian historic architecture and it is just amazing how it survived the terrible upheavals and vicissitudes endured in the last century by the city and its heritage. Bellow are a few detailed photographs which I took when I shot the video.

Photographic details of the exquisite decorations adorning Lahovay House:

Veranda, with its hallmark roof eave ornaments. Lahovary House, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Ceramic medallion placed on a corner between Ottoman inspired pointed arches. Lahovary House, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The main façade with its iconic veranda, a structure often encountered in the countryside gentry houses from the Ottoman Balkans region. Lahovary House, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Ceramic frieze (veranda) displaying a classical antiquity military theme in an Art Nouveau fashion. Lahovary House, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Ceramic frieze in an Art Nouvea fashion (side windows). Lahovary House, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Ceramic frieze (veranda) displaying a classical antiquity military theme in an Art Nouveau fashion. Lahovary House, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

©Valentin Mandache, http://www.historo.wordpress.com

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