The Most Beautiful Police Station in Romania?

Police station building dating from 1930s, in the Neo-Romanian style; Ion Mincu St., Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

More often than not the police stations everywhere in the world occupy drab old buildings or nondescript modern utilitarian edifices. That is also the case in Romania with its large collection of low quality concrete post-war buildings designed for state institutions’ use, police stations among them, or edifices that sprang up during the post-communist period craze for grand glass and aluminium structures lacking proportions and out of context with the surrounding  architecture. I recently found and exception from that rule in an attractive police station building in the Neo-Romanian style, pictured above, dating from 1930s. It is from an era when the architecture and urban planning in Bucharest and Romania were developing on a more organic basis that paid attention to traditions and the needs of the local community, in sharp contrast with the nowadays situation. The edifice is also fittingly located on Ion Micu Street, named after the seminal architect who initiated the Neo-Romanian style in late 1880s. This is, in my opinion, the most beautiful building occupied by a police station in Romania. If the readers know of other comparable examples, I am then very curios to find out and notify them on this blog!

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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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