Public Loo from the Art Deco Era

Images of one of the few surviving structures of the once often encountered 1930s Art Deco style Bucharest public loos, today non-functional and in a very deteriorated state. Dorobanti area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

Bucharest is quite infamous nowadays because of its scarcity of public loos, a very inconvenient reality for the would be brave international tourist curious to see this large city from the Eastern extremity of the European Union. The situation regarding public convenience facilities was much better in the inter-war period when the local mayoralty’s urban planning activity was taking place on a well coordinated and highly qualified basis, in sharp contrast with the sheer incompetence of their contemporary post-communist counterparts. The images above shows an interesting Art Deco style public loo from that golden era, which although is in a very deteriorated state, it can be restored and serve again the public and tourists. In December last year I posted a similar article about another loo from the Art Deco era (click for access here), that one being at least painted over, but also still non-functional.

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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 Contactpage of this weblog.

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