Early Neo-Romanian style pattern

Early Neo-Romanian style pattern decorating the exterior walls of a late 1890s house in the St Joseph's Cathedral area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The pattern contains the representation of the lilac leaf motif, popular in the Art Nouveau and also early Neo-Romanian style (itself, at that stage, one of the many national-romantic styles that developed within the general Art Nouveau movement coordinates). I encountered, during my fieldwork in the city, a number of such exquisite early Neo-Romanian houses that display this peculiar pattern, as is the window example documented in this article, a decorative pattern that seemingly was popular among the craftsmen, architects and house owners of Fin de Siecle Bucharest.

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I endeavor through this daily series of daily 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.

The top 10 “Historic Houses of Romania” articles in 2010

I thought it would be interesting to show which were this year’s the 10 most popular articles on the “Historic Houses of Romania” blogsite:

  1. The NEO-ROMANIAN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: a brief guide on its origins and features
  2. Art Deco Building Interior Elements
  3. CASOTA CONAC: a magnificent Romanian period property that has yet to realise its potential
  4. RECONSTRUCTED FACADES of Bucharest grand old buildings: seeds of a new trend?
  5. BUCHAREST: a brief presentation of the 6th largest EU metropolis
  6. ALLEGORICAL SCULPTURES on the Building of Romania’s National Bank
  7. The DOORWAYS of Bucharest – Part 1 (the Little Paris type)
  8. Art Nouveau Wrought Iron Gate
  9. ART NOUVEAU restoration project in Bucharest
  10. The FINIALS of Neo-Romanian style houses

The site has became the most comprehensive Internet resource on Romanian architectural history and period property market, having a list of over 500 articles and well over 1000 relevant photographs shot by the author. The popularity of these articles shows the keen interest in the varied and in many instances unique historic architecture peculiar to this region from south east Europe. The 1st article suggests the worldwide interest in the Neo-Romanian architectural style, an exquisite order peculiar to this country; the 2nd article is a reflection of the interest in the Art Deco architecture of Bucharest, one of the still ‘undiscovered’ provinces of this beautiful inter-war design creation, while the 3rd article confirms the excitement generated by the Romanian manor houses, the conacs, which dot the beautiful built rural landscape of the vast lower Danube prairie and the hilly regions of the Carpathian piedmont. The other articles show a keen interest in the expression of the Art Nouveau style in the architecture of Romania or about the distinctive architectural artefacts embellishing the Romanian period properties like the exquisite doorways or the highly unusual roof finials.

Valentin Mandache, author of the “Historic Houses of Romania” blog

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I endeavor through this daily series of daily 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.