Art Deco survivor

Art Deco style house dating from the early 1930s, Cotroceni area, Bucharest. (©Valentin Mandache)

This is a compact Art Deco design house, which despite the recent mutilations performed by the ignorant contemporary owners, it still has some of the original ornaments and decorations that embellish its nicely proportioned façade, giving an idea of how charming this house might have looked in the 1930s. The rule of three that characterises the Art Deco style, is exemplified by the arched windows on the side-wall of the building or the panes of the first floor street façade window. I like the positioning of the two portholes on the staircase tower, as well as the small semicircular profile balcony. I do not like the recent replacement of the original Art Deco doorway with a cheap DIY shop contrivance, the double glazing plastic frame window that replaced the old three panned one on the ground floor, the fact that the flag pole that once decorated the staircase tower has been ripped off, a fact that has happened most probably a few years ago, or the terrible colour choice that just diminishes the visual value of the whole assemble.

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