Imposing Neo-Romanian Style House

A fine example of grand Neo-Romanian style house from mid-1930s, the period when this architectural style peculiar to Romania has reached its zenith. Piata Scanteii area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

The house is an architectural jewel and encompasses many features that define the Neo-Romanian style: a citadel-like aspect, similar with that of the fortified houses, the cula, built between c17th – c19th by the yeomen of the Oltenia region, with a suggestion of a bastion in the big first floor bay window, a big veranda on left hand side, arched windows and even a pointed arch window inspired from the Ottoman-Balkan church architecture. The decorative panels contain grape vine representations symbolising branches of the tree of life, a central motif in Romanian mythology.

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I endeavor through this daily series of images and small articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and 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 sourcing 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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3 comments on “Imposing Neo-Romanian Style House

  1. Congratulations on your site. I was just posting an entry on my own blog “Carpathian Musings”, needed a picture of one of the superb mansions – and found your site. I have used this picture (with attribution!)to head today’s blog about some great books about Bucharest and Romanian buildings I found yesterday in Carturesti bookshop.
    Please keep up your your good work – last year we were bemoaning how few people here appreciate and defend the old buildings. That’s when we were going through the latest stage of restoring the old village house we have near Bran – with a schite roof installation. The blog is
    http://nomadron.blogspot.com/

    Best regards
    Ronald Young

  2. Hi Julie, Thank you for following my blog specialised on the embattled Romanian historic architecture. I had a look on your excellent website and been amazed about your professional activity as a designer-decorator in that part of the US! It is a domain being again redeveloped over here in Romania, after the skills of the old masters were lost during the long decades of communist rule and recent transition.

  3. HI Valentin, I recently started following your blog and find it fascinating!
    I have long been interested in Romanian culture. Thank you for sharing this with the world!

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