Florid Motif Art Deco Balcony

Florid motifs Art Deco style balcony, dating from mid-1930s, Gara de Nord area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The exuberant florid motifs presented in the photograph above also dress the window and doorway openings of the Art Deco style house containing this interesting balcony. In addition to that, the floral decoration unfurls as a large, eye catching, frieze under the roof eaves. The overall effect is a very cheerful, exotic  appearance, where the main façade focus area is this balcony with its design that balances essential Art Deco – modernist outlines with rich florid decoration. It is a great pity that the current owner has replaced its original Art Deco balcony door with an ugly plastic frame double glazing structure. That shows the degree of ignorance and low quality cultural education among many of the Bucharest period house owners about the historical and architectural value of their property and the slow and inexorable damage suffered by the built heritage of Romania at the hand of its own, misguided, citizens.

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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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